Parents fight back against internet predators

Janelle Russell
CONCERNED parents can now protect their children from internet predators with the help of a USB pen.

The device called the PICstick (Parents in Control Stick) will be launched on Internet Safety Day, February 12 and helps fight against the dangers of the internet, violent computer games and other harmful PC applications.

It is easy enough for all parents to use, even the inexperienced computer users, as it simply fits into the USB port of the PC. It allows children to use the internet and computer applications according to the protection levels that the parent has chosen.The PICstick gives parents the opportunity to block malicious, pornographic and predatory material coming in, and it also prevents certain information, such as credit card details, phone numbers and addresses, from leaking out.

The PICstick also monitors and reports the children’s PC usage to the parent. This can inform parents if children have been in contact with any websites which may encourage them to harm themselves or others. It also logs every detail of chat room conversations, sites visited and applications used.Britain’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre receives 400 calls a month from children who believe they have been approached by a paedophile on the internet.

Also, shockingly one in 12 children who have access to the internet in the UK admit to having met up with someone they spoke to online. As 8 million children have online access in the UK, this means that 664,000 children are meeting strangers from the internet. The PICstick is available from February 12, and will be available to purchase from priced at £49.95.