Software company So Protect Me has launched new a program designed to keep kids safe online.
The Safe4Kidz software provides access to 3,000 fun or educational websites ideal for Key Stage 1 (ages 4 to 7) and Key Stage 2 (aged 7 to 11) children. The sites have all been checked by So Protect Me to ensure they are child-friendly. Access to any other sites, apart from those approved by the software, is blocked.
While the software allows kids to access search engines such as Google and online encyclopedia Wikipedia, it blocks offensive words and terms in search results to ensure children can't stumble across any inappropriate pages.
So Protect Me, which describes the software as a "canned version of the internet" also revealed it is quite happy to take website submissions from parents in order to grow Safe4Kidz database of child-friendly sites.
"With Safe4Kidz, our goal has been to produce a child-friendly approach to Internet safety which gives maximum protection, minimum disruption to normal PC use and near-zero effort to deploy and maintain," said Raj Curwen, CEO of So Protect Me.
The software also lets parents restrict how long kids can surf the web for at one time, as well as block access to shopping channels, gaming sites and any programme installed on the PC such as IM software
Safe4Kidz is available to download now from So Protect Me and is priced at £14.99.