SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. —
Safe Communication, which opened beta registration for
, a patent-pending online security service that protects children from vulgar, sexual or bullying emails, text messages and social-networking interactions, reported that more than 70,000 consumers have signed up in its first week.
This free service allows parents to screen emails and text messages and monitor other online activity for questionable or objectionable content.
is a messaging platform that flags and blocks messages containing offensive, bullying or sexually-suggestive language before the child receives them, while allowing for communication with approved contacts.
The company reports that in addition to an app for Android phones, it has applied and approval is pending for an Apple app. Safe is in discussion with manufacturers to embed the software in PCs and smartphones for free, since it is an ad-supported product.
Former Secretary of Education and Drug Czar William J. Bennett, a senior advisor to Safe Communications, said, “The tools
provides alert parents to their children’s email, text messaging and social-networking activity without hindering their access to the benefits of technology.”
The Active Email Filtering and Active Text Filtering services of
will now be available free for parents. Text messages and emails that contain inappropriate, suggestive or threatening words or phrases are automatically blocked. Text messages and emails from unapproved senders will be held for parental screening before being delivered to a child’s device.
The next generation of technology, to be released later this month, also marks the integration of several new features that add extra security on top of the filtering services. Social Website Scanning and Global Scan Technology monitor social networking sites — including Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and YouTube — as well as blogs and other websites for questionable content posted on the child’s page or written about them by another user.
Separately, CE industry veteran Tom Campbell has joined their team as a senior advisor-board member. Campbell, who is internationally recognized as a technology counselor to both the public and private sectors, has served as White House technology advisor in three administrations and received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award and special recognition on the floor of the U.S. Senate.