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European Union ranks parental control software while adolescents continue to show apathy.

12 February, 2008
Norman Security and Trend Micro both make the top ten in an EU survey of top parental control software aimed at younger children with PC Tools warning of the carefree attitude of older children towards internet safety.
Keeping younger children protected from obscene spam and social networking predators is a welcome move endorsed by the European Union, prompting them to review the plethora of available software on the market to draw up a top 10 list of recommended products.

However, exercising control over younger children is considerably easier than it is with older teenagers who don't want an overlay shell limiting access to white listed applications, web sites and e-mail senders and they certainly don't want it packaged in Thomas the Tank Engine or Bratz branding.

On the EU designated "safer internet day", PC Tools is making the observation that regardless of the software installed for filtering and blocking internet sites, up to 50% of UK teenagers will find some way of compromising themselves, their personal information or the computer they use by using unsafe practices on download sites, chat rooms, gaming zones and social networking sites. Blocking teenagers from the very areas of the internet that are most interesting to them is impractical and doesn't yield the benefits that the sites can offer so an alternative approach is required.

That approach, according to PC Tools, is about education and a realisation of vulnerability, something that can usually comes about through experience, something that is unwelcome when gained directly and unpopular when imparted parentally, the catch 22 of the modern age.
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