Norton debuts Norton Safety Minder: Mobile Edition
Phone app is designed to protect children from inappropriate content online
Norton by Symantec has released Norton Safety Minder: Mobile Edition, a free app designed to allow parents to keep an eye on their childrens' smartphone activities.
"Parents know they need to be involved in their kids' digital lives and most actually set and discuss house rules for computer use and Internet browsing" said Tamim Taufiq, head of Consumer Sales MENA for Symantec. "But to make those rules work, you need to extend them to your child's mobile phone where so much web browsing takes place. With Norton Safety Minder: Mobile Edition, parents can help their kids stick to those rules, regardless of which device they are on."
According to Norton's Online Family Report UAE released in December 2011, research found that 12% of children between eight and 17 in the UAE have experienced a negative mobile-related incident while 54% have experienced a negative online situation.
The Norton Safety Minder: Mobile Edition is part of the company's free online family safety service for PCs and Macs.
Parents can find several tools in the app to teach kids safe and age-appropriate digital habits on their mobile devices.
Once the app is downloaded onto the child's Android phone, users must login to their Norton Online Family account, or create one from within the application.
Users can then centrally manage the "House Rules" on that device through the onlinefamily.norton.com website.
Over a dozen phones can be added to the same account at no charge, with unique settings for each, allowing parents a single point to manage varied settings for kids of different ages.
The application is designed to provide web monitoring and blocking features for free, allowing parents to see what sites their kids are visiting and block content they feel is inappropriate.
Parents can use the same set of web filtering settings for the child's PC and apply them to the child's Android phone. The service tracks up to seven days of content for free.
Norton Safety Minder: Mobile Edition is available for free in the Android Market at market.android.com, and can be downloaded in English, Japanese, German and Polish. Android version 2.2 or 2.3 is required on the device.
A paid subscription to Norton Online Family Premier, currently only available in the US, will unlock the application's additional advanced features, such as SMS text monitoring.