Focus on the Family Teams with YouDiligence to Protect Children and Promote Internet Safety
May 4, 2009
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., & MONTPELIER, VT, (christiansunite.com) -- YouDiligenceTM ( www.youdiligence.com) is teaming with Focus on the Family® ( www.focusonthefamily.com) to provide Internet safety services to families who want to protect their children from online predators and cyber-bullies and inappropriate online exchanges.
YouDiligence is web-based and works directly over the internet on Facebook and MySpace. There is no complicated software installation or download necessary on any computer. Parents can feel comfortable that no matter where, or on what computer their child is posting material from, when a keyword match is found, the word, its context and location are sent to the parent's email in real-time, allowing them to react to potentially dangerous situations appropriately.
"Millions of families turn to Focus on the Family for guidance on parenting, and our arrangement with YouDiligence provides an avenue for many parents to start protecting their children online, specifically within the social networking sites," said Rich Bennett, Vice President at Focus on the Family.
"YouDiligence gives parents the power to be proactive in protecting their children from online predators and cyber-bullies," said Kevin Long, president of You Diligence. "It scans children's MySpace and Facebook pages for inappropriate content and then automatically alerts parents by email. YouDiligence is extending a special offer to Focus on the Family constituents through the Family Safety Initiative. Details are available at: ( www.focusonthefamily.com/safety).
Recently over 100,000 child predators had their MySpace and Facebook accounts terminated. Most kids ages 10 and up spend an average of 20-30 hours per week (mostly unsupervised) communicating on social networking websites, like MySpace and Facebook -- which control about 90% of the social networking market for kids. These sites are online hang-outs where tweens, teens and adults create virtual profiles, post comments on each others' pages, trade messages and upload photos and videos of themselves for anyone to see.
Focus on the Family reaches more than 220 million people in 155 nations, and is a Christian nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families thrive worldwide. Founded in 1977, Focus on the Family provides practical tools, spiritual resources and emotional support to families at every stage of life.
YouDiligence is a leader in the field of Internet safety and is headquartered in Montpelier, Vermont, with offices in Washington, DC and West Lafayette, Indiana.