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It has just been reported that British parents are still somewhat confused about the safety of children on the Internet.

A survey conducted revealed today that many parents allow children to surf the information super highway unsupervised with 63% of these parents not having installed Internet safety software onto their computers.

One common reason parents gave for not having Internet safety software installed on to a computer was due to the fact the software is too expensive. It is important for all parents to note that there are a variety of options freely available online to all users that can combat and filter unsuitable content.

One fantastic version of this is V Two One’s – Family Browser, which can be downloaded free of charge at www.v21.co.uk and allows children the freedom to surf the Internet securely and in a safe environment.

Steve Kaye, Managing Director, V Two One argues “the Internet is a remarkable tool and parent’s should avoid safeguarding their children from it – using a filter such as the Family Browser available from the V Two One website and having open lines of communication with a child are the best ‘surf safe’ tips available.”

Further information on V Two One and ‘safe surfing’ is available at www.v21.co.uk, by e-mailing info@v21.co.uk or by calling +44 (0)870 442 9600. Alternatively write to V Two One, 59 London Road, Blackwater, Nr Camberley, Surrey, GU17 0AB. Fax: +44 (0)870 422 9601. Email: info@v21.co.uk

Steve Kaye’s Top ‘Surf Safely’ Advice Websites

www.parentsonline.gov.uk/safety - The Department of Education and Skills (DfES) has an online resource for parents where you can find information on the latest Internet safety issues, forums and short safety presentations
www.childnet-int.org - Childnet has useful online resources and leaflets for young people and parents.
www.fkbko.net - The Cyberspace Research Unit, part of the University of Central Lancashire run a website, For Kids by Kids Online, which aims to empower young people with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to use the Internet safely.

Published on: 12:00AM on 7th September 2004