Child protection when using the Internet is always a difficult area, with parents struggling between giving children freedom and controlling every aspect of their online presence. In an effort to help parents Tiscali in a partnership with Crisp software are to offer a software package that analyses online conversations to identify inappropriate relationships and alert parents to a potential grooming situation.
The software will be available from March 2008 and people are invited to register for more details at the time of the Tiscali launch. The service will carry a monthly subscription of £3.50.
Child safety online is important and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre can provide information for parents who want to learn more about the risks. At the simplest level, talking with your children and finding out what software they are using and asking them to show you how it works can be better sometimes than installing monitoring software which, particularly with teenagers, they will find a way around, e.g. not using the computer for messaging, but a mobile phone or games console.
Crisp, the company who produce the software, offers the software direct to consumers via www.protectingeachother.com for £3.99 a month, or a annual payment of £36. The software currently works with Yahoo! Messenger, MSN, myspace, icq and AIM running on Windows Vista and XP.