Norton Online Family PC Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Installation 10
Ease of use 8.5
Usefulness 8.5
Value 9.0
Distributor: Norton
Review Date:
December 2009
Reviewer:
Edward Smith

8.8


Norton Online Family

As the internet becomes more integral to our daily lives, there is also a downside to the internet which comes in the form of abuse. One only needs to watch the news or a current affair series and sooner rather than later, a topic will be discussed regarding cyber bullying or internet predators.

Even though there are a few programs that monitor these aspects, including questionable websites and chat programs, Symantec have released their own version, called Norton Online Family (onlinefamily.norton.com) which allows parents and children to set their own boundaries when using the internet. Best of all, the software is web-based.

It also allows for parents to monitor their children's activities while they are online, including detailed reports if needed and alerts. With that said, parents will also be alerted should an incident occur which assists in minimising the harm as it is dedicated early.

Apart from monitoring children, the program also has the ability to monitor others, whether it's a cyber bullying or inappropriate web content which is a must have considering what is available on the internet. If your child does visit a website that they should not have, a pop-up will appear to inform the child and of course this can be recorded for parents.

Where this program shines above others is the ability the detect whether children are masquerading themselves as someone else that will alert the parent and ensures that their safety is paramount.

Although children should have their own privacy, this software is fully customisable in that the parent can give certain access to children such as ignoring "friend chats" but monitoring "chats" with new users. Of course the internet can become addictive to some users, and Norton Online Family has the ability to add time constraints to net usage such as access only between 7:00pm to 8:00pm which is definitely a powerful feature, especially when it comes to schooling.

As noted by Symantec, the goal of Norton Online Family is to come up with an amicable agreement between parents and children or "house rules" and this is program not keystroke monitor but rather, if appropriately setup, it can be a very powerful tool in protecting your child's safety, both online and offline.

Setting up the software is quite easy and even the most novice of computer users should have no difficulty when it comes to setting up the "house rules". If you have different ages of children in your household, the program can even be configured for different ages which ensures that the program is not a one-stop block.

Available for both the PC and Mac, I would encourage all parents to check out onlinefamily.norton.com!






 
 



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