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Tackling cyber bullying head on

For the first time, parents and schoolteachers will have a system that not only allows them to monitor exactly what their charges are viewing but also proactively alerts them to specified dangers.

The Child Protection Gateway - designed to provide effective control over interactions that children are experiencing online, both in schools and in the home - is the world’s first system providing robust internet protection at the network layer.

Government initiatives against cyber bullying underscore the urgency of new technology launched by Chronicle Solutions, author of the world’s leading enterprise-class Network Content Appliance: netReplay, and Crisp Thinking, specialists in the child protection space.

This initiative is particularly in tune with government guidelines announced to help tackle the growing rise in cyberbullying and recent calls to make MySpace a safe online experience.

New research published by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) reveals that one in five pupils have been bullied over mobile phones or over the internet. Online bullying is particularly crushing according to the government as it pervades the child’s entire existence both at home and at school.

Until now any online activity has been un-monitored. In the event of a bullying incident, this system will enable teachers and parents to see all communication and review a complete history of what has been seen by the child, over a period of time.

Through artificial intelligence the system will look for inappropriate behavior patterns such as repeated requests for a phone number or to meet up and will understand and actively track these patterns.

Custodians will receive an automatic alert once these patterns occur so that they can instantly review the chat, instant message or email trail.

netReplay captures and indexes all digital communications in real-time, whether email, web mail, IM, blogs or VoIP and is able to log and store vast amounts of data. No matter how long abuse has been going on, netReplay’s solution is able to track it. The system alerts in real-time any usage transgressions – enabling parents or teachers to be aware instantly of any banned material that is being viewed .

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.