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Norton Online Family Premier Launches With New Video Monitoring

Premier version gives parents insight into what their kids are watching online

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – November 9, 2010 – Norton by Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced the availability of Norton Online Family Premier, providing additional new features such as online video monitoring, 90-day histories and automatic usage reports. Developed by Norton with the guidance of prominent Internet safety, parenting and child behavior experts from around the world, the Premier version makes it even easier for parents to foster communication with their kids about safe online behavior.

Norton Online Family Premier is available at an introductory promotional price for a one year subscription at just $29.99. The basic version of Norton Online Family continues to be available for free. Both versions can be found at https://onlinefamily.norton.com.

Norton Online Family Premier retains all of the features of the basic version, including clearly organized browsing histories, social network profiling (name, age, email address), instant message chat monitoring1 and the ability to block specific websites or types of websites that may be inappropriate to visit.

With the Premier version, however, a new video monitoring feature lists videos that have been watched on YouTube and other top video sharing sites2, and lets parents quickly view snippets of each video from within the dashboard itself. A recent study3 showed that, visiting video sites is the third most popular online activity after social networking and playing games. Norton Online Family Premier tackles this increasing use of viewing videos and provides parents with the technology to monitor it and know that their kids are watching content that’s appropriate for their age.

Reporting has also been enhanced to cover all activities from the past 90-days (versus seven days in the basic edition), including a daily listing of how much total time has been spent using the computer, making it easier to know whether healthy limits need to be set. And the Premier version allows activity reports to be automatically emailed to parents on a weekly or monthly basis, saving parents time and preventing the need to login to get the latest information on kids’ online activities.

“An incredible amount of our children’s lives are spent online, yet all too often parents have a blind spot when it comes to these activities or how to approach them,” said Marian Merritt, Norton Internet Safety Advocate and Chair of the Norton Online Family Advisory Council. “With Norton Online Family Premier we make it even easier to have the conversations all parents need to be having with their kids, respecting their growth and independence while also remaining vigilant against digital dangers.”


Keep track of what videos your kids watch online:

Norton Online Family Premier - Videos

Now see at a glance how much time kids spend on the home computer each day:

Norton Online Family Premier - Time

Choose to receive weekly or monthly email reports:

Norton Online Family Premier - Report

Pricing and Availability

Norton Online Family Premier is available for purchase in the United States at https://onlinefamily.norton.com/ in English only. The suggested retail price of Norton Online Family Premier is $49.99 for a one year subscription on up to 10 household computers, with up to 15 accounts all centrally managed through the same online dashboard. For a limited time, the service is being offered at an introductory promotional price of $29.99 for a one year subscription.

To use Norton Online Family Premier on a PC (Windows® 7, Windows XP Home or Professional, SP2 or later; Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, Windows Vista® 32-bit or 64-bit, SP1 or later) or Mac® (Mac OS® X 10.5), parents simply sign up and create a family account at https://onlinefamily.norton.com/. Parents download and install Norton Safety Minder, a small application, onto each child’s computer. As a web-based service, Norton Online Family is able to track the Internet activities of each child in real-time. Parents enjoy peace of mind with instant reporting and the convenience of accessing their account anytime from any Internet-connected device, including most smartphones.

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1 Instant message chat monitoring not available with Mac OS®.

2 Norton Online Family Premier monitors videos that your kids view on hulu.com, YouTube.com, and video.google.com. It does not monitor or track YouTube videos that have been embedded on other websites or blogs.

3 Kaiser Family Foundation Study 2010: http://www.kff.org/entmedia/entmedia012010nr.cfm