MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – March 3, 2010 – Norton from Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) announced today that its free online safety service, OnlineFamily.Norton, was awarded the iParenting Media Award in the Best Software category. OnlineFamily.Norton is the only Web-based service to give parents the tools they need to connect with their children’s online lives and start an ongoing dialogue about what their kids see, learn and do on the computer. Through a unique approach that establishes house rules to govern expected online conduct, OnlineFamily.Norton encourages all parents to have “The Talk” with their kids about what they’re doing online and how to act responsibly.
“We are extremely pleased that iParenting Media has recognized OnlineFamily.Norton as the best solution to protect kids online,” said Marian Merritt, Norton Internet Safety Advocate. “Unlike existing parental controls software, which focus primarily on blocking objectionable sites and applications, OnlineFamily.Norton helps protect kids online by fostering a dialogue between parents and kids about their online lives.”
The iParenting award write-up highlights OnlineFamily.Norton’s unique approach to keeping kids safe online. According to iParenting, “Unlike many parental control products, [OnlineFamily.Norton] aims to create dialog between parents and kids, not assert draconian control.”
The iParenting Media Award is an annual honor that recognizes the most outstanding software products in the industry. Winners are selected after real-world testing by a diverse set of parents, experts, licensed child care centers and schools nationwide.
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iParenting.com, an online community for parents and parents-to-be, is part of Disney Online's network of family-focused Web sites including DisneyFamily.com, Kaboose and FamilyFun.com. Founded in 1996, the company has grown from a single pregnancy site, www.PregancyToday.com, to an award-winning network of more than 40 sites, in English and Spanish. The iParenting sites address a range of parenting issues from preconception through raising teenagers and beyond. iParenting Media's Editor-in-Chief Elisa Ast All, MSJ, writes a monthly newspaper column and co-hosts a Chicago-based radio show, Points on Parenting. iParenting Media produces the highly respected iParenting Media Awards program, an ISO9001:2000 certified product review and awards program. Consumers can learn more about products winning iParenting Media Awards by visiting http://www.iParentingMediaAwards.com/consumer.
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