Avast | Avast offers new parental assistance app for free to help UK families in lockdown

As UK families anticipate a summer time of digital babysitting for youngsters, Avast Family Space helps keep wholesome digital habits, prohibit inappropriate content material and restrict display screen time

London, UK, 27 May, 2020 — Avast (LSE:AVST), a world chief in digital safety and privateness merchandise, has made its new parental assistance app, Avast Family Space, accessible for free in the UK to help families handle the reliance on web and machine utilization over the summer time interval as lockdown uncertainty continues.

As residence working, residence education and social restrictions encourage extra time spent on-line, dad and mom are struggling to monitor their youngsters’s on-line behaviour, handle display screen time and defend them from cyber hurt. Designed to take the guesswork out of setting parental controls, Avast Family Space helps dad and mom to block sure web sites, apps, and content material, pause web connections or set utilization limits. It additionally permits dad and mom to monitor a toddler’s location with their permission, and machine standing whereas on-the-go, useful in a return to extra regular occasions.

“For many parents, the home has become the office, the nursery, the classroom, the playground, and the gym all rolled into one. Technology has become a family lifeline whether that’s to connect with loved ones, participate in virtual learning or exercise, or simply to provide some downtime for both parents and children. But as screen time skyrockets, so does a child’s risk of exposure to the dark corners of the internet,” mentioned Pete Turner, Senior Vice President of Consumer Security at Avast. “Uncertainty over schools re-opening and, beyond that, the childcare options for the long summer months means devices will continue to play a central role in family life for the next few months. We wanted to make Avast Family Space accessible to all UK families so that protecting children online is one less thing parents have to worry about.”

Avast Family Space delivers the identical options for each Android and iOS platforms to guarantee a constant expertise for all of the household irrespective of which machine they use. In agreeing the settings for the app, it encourages families to have an open dialogue about sustaining wholesome relationships with know-how and what constitutes acceptable on-line behaviour. As parental confidence in on-line security decreases as youngsters develop up[1], Avast Family Space helps set up boundaries from the outset that youngsters want in order to benefit from the freedom of their very own smartphone or pill.

Avast Family Space gives:

  • Content filtering: Let youngsters browse the net with out the priority of inadvertently accessing suspicious or undesirable content material, comparable to web sites containing playing, violence, medication, pornography, or racism; additionally block particular person apps or app classes, like gaming or social media.
  • Internet management: Pause web entry at any time, for occasion throughout dinner or homework, and set limits based mostly on utilization or particular occasions of day.
  • Phone locator and standing: Using real-time GPS location monitoring, find your youngster’s telephone and obtain computerized alerts after they arrive at or go away specific places, comparable to residence, work, or college. Also test the battery standing of your youngster’s machine. For the apps’ telephone locator characteristic to work, youngsters have to actively grant the placement permission on their telephone.

“Many parents feel outmanned and outsmarted in our attempts to create a safer internet for our children,” mentioned advertising director Whitney Glockner Black on the Avast blog. Despite having arrange filters on her 8-year-old son’s iPhone, he nonetheless managed to by chance entry grownup content material thanks to a buried setting she had missed. Glockner Black now depends on Avast Family Space to help maintain her son protected whereas utilizing the telephone. Alternative measures comparable to taking the machine away altogether might really feel like punishment and will discourage youngsters from talking to dad and mom or guardians about their worries in the long run.

“As parents, we need to remember that our children have access to the internet before they have the capacity for moral reasoning,” she continues. “Despite their little flashes of curiosity or challenging behaviour, our children want to be protected from harm.”

Avast Family Space is at the moment free and accessible for obtain from the Apple App Store and/or the Google Play Store. It is a two-part obtain: Avast Family Space for Parents runs on the administrator machine and Avast Family Space for Kids might be put in on up to 10 monitored gadgets. For extra info, please go to https://www.avast.com/family-space.

[1] Ofcom: Children and Parents: Media use and attitudes report 2019, p.28

About Avast
Avast (LSE:AVST) is a world chief in digital safety and privateness merchandise. With over 400 million customers on-line, Avast offers merchandise below the Avast and AVG manufacturers that defend individuals from threats on the web and the evolving IoT menace panorama. The firm’s menace detection community is among the many most superior in the world, utilizing machine studying and synthetic intelligence applied sciences to detect and cease threats in actual time. Avast digital safety merchandise for Mobile, PC or Mac are top-ranked and licensed by VB100, AV-Comparatives, AV-Test, West Coast Labs and others. Visit: www.avast.com.

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