20 December 2013

Is Your Child Protected? - Avira Family Protection Suite Review and Giveaway


Child safety on the internet is a hot topic at the moment.  If you are a regular follower of my blog, you will know that this is a subject I have been concerned about for sometime now.  

Martin Daubney
A recent TV program aired on Channel 4 only confirmed those fears and fuelled my desire to protect our children even more. The reporter, Martin Daubney (ex-editor of Loaded magazine) cited some alarming statistics and gave viewers an insight into the kind of material that children as young as 12 are being exposed to on the internet. I am not naive but this report shocked me.  

Martin also reported that out of the twenty Year 9 pupils he interviewed, none of them had any kind of protective software installed on their home computers. As a parent, do we not have a duty to protect our children whenever and however possible?

A year or so ago, I did some investigating into suitable protection software for our home PC. After being blinded by all the different paid and non-paid options available, I put a shout out on Twitter.  I subsequently downloaded some free protection software onto our home computer - K9. This protection was so good that it blocked every single site we put into the search engine - not very handy when it comes to homework but better than nothing. 

When my eldest daughter joined Facebook, 6 months ago, I realised a greater need for protection. Although I did insist that she wait until she turned 13, the dangers of having an on-line presence are rife, no matter what age: cyber bullying; grooming; sexting; not to mention the overwhelming temptation to over-share (potentially affecting her future). 

As a precaution I asked her to accept me as a 'friend' and I made sure that I recorded her password. I was not entirely happy with this arrangement, as the intrusion into her privacy seemed a little extreme but in my opinion, leaving a 13 year old to her own devices on the internet is dangerous territory.

So when Cyscon invited us to trial a 12-month subscription to Avira's Family Protection Suite, I was immediately interested. On further investigation, it turns out that this particular piece of software covers all the bases:
  1. Safe browsing - blocks any inappropriate websites and limits the time spent online. 
  2. Alerts engine - as a parent you receive an alert if/when references to suicide, drugs, alcohol, sex or cyber-bullying are present on your child's social network.
  3. Photos engine - if a compromising photo of your child is posted on the internet you are notified.
  4. Activities engine - a review of your child's activity on social media is sent weekly.
  5. Friends engine - a convenient overview of new friends is provided weekly. Anyone who appears unusual (has no friends in common/an adult), is immediately flagged up.
As well as the above, the usual antiviral/malware protection is provided and with one subscription, you can upload the software onto as many devices in your home as you choose. For more information, go and check out Avira's site here.  If you would like to see another review of the software, Cyscon's very own mummy blogger has written her review here.

The total cost of the Avira Family Protection Suite is £38.99 for 12 months - a small price for peace of mind.

Cyscon is offering an additional Avira Family Protection Suite for one of my readers. So if you'd like to ensure protection for your children on the internet, please fill in the Rafflecopter and leave a comment below. 


Competition closes at midnight on 3rd January 2014

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Terms & Conditions

  • Entrants must be over 18
  • Only open to UK residents
  • A blog comment must be left in order for the competition entry to be valid
  • A 12 month subscription to Avira Family Protection Suite (provided by Cyscon) will be emailed direct to the winner. No alternative options are available.
  • The winner must respond within 7 days
  • Competition closes at midnight on 3/1/14.

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42 comments:

  1. Oh I am so tempted to enter your competition because this sounds really good, but I have the feeling that by the time my two need it this software will be completely obsolete at the rate technology develops. It sounds excellent though. How does it deal with social media activity from your kids' mobile phone?

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    1. You can register all of your child's social media accounts separately - you obviously need their password but once set up it accesses the information from any device. You then get a summary at the end of every week or alerts of danger, as and when necessary.

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  2. You just don't know what they could be looking at, it's frightening that they could get in trouble so quickly without your knowledge

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  3. Very frightening that what seems an innocent search brings up some very scary images ..This is much needed to protect children as we cant be hovering behind them the whole time

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  4. Gosh that is alarming. Even at seven and six, my children are already all over the internet. Thanks for the heads up . xx

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  5. I agree with you and when my kids get old enough to use the internet, I will be a pile of nerves. So scary these days. I will keep this in mind for sure. What a useful and protective tool to have.

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  6. with having 2 teenage children and 2 coming up to there teens im fully aware of the dangers of the internet.... this is an amazing tool x

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  7. This looks like a really interesting tool - we're not quite there yet, but the 7yo is becoming increasingly Internet aware, so it's only a matter of time! #PoCoLo

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  8. Im very concerned about online bullying and would like stronger measures taken to find and punish the culprits.

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  9. My daughter is starting secondary school next year, so I know social media is going to become a bigger part of her life over the next few years - this software sounds great!

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  10. that's quite alarming, interesting post

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  11. i am very worried about the effects of the internet and what could happen

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  12. I wish I lived in the UK so I was eligible to enter this! My son is now 12 and spends a lot of time on the internet, and while there is no sign that he accesses anything inappropriate, I guess it's only a matter of time!

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  13. much needed to keep everyone safe online nowadays

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  14. make sure that you able to access there facebook etc just in case

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  15. Sounds like every family with tween+ aged kids need this software! Thanks for a great review and recommendation Suzanne #PoCoLo

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  16. I worry about gaming more than anything else - other children's parents are less concerned or not in the know, and then my kids get to see things I wouldn't let them do at home, and feel I'm being unfair when I won't buy into the latest game craze.

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  17. I am very concerned about my children and recognise that whilst the Internet and gaming offers lots in terms of education and learning, it can also be a real threat. I worry most days about this and especially that i do not have the knowledge that I think I should to protect them fully

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  18. This sounds great. I do worry about what my son will see when he goes on the internet. He likes watching music videos on youtube but you do get all sorts of other things appear.

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  19. I'm thankful at the moment that Grace isn't old enough for all this and I don't have to worry about it yet! Thank you for supporting PoCoLo this year x

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  20. Greta prize, the internet can be a dangerous place, the more protection the better :-)

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  21. We have no protection and to be honest I have relied on trust and discussion with my 14 year old. Perhaps unwise. Our attempts in the past have only succeeded in locking the computer. Then there's her phone which she uses for Facebook etc. Would like this prize but don't think monitoring is the only answer.

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  22. I worry about my 10 year old he will talk to anyone so worry he is the same online I do keep an eye on what he does but I remember being very sneaky at that age

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  23. i hate how nothing is private these days, info, pictures, it's stranger danger on a whole new level and it's very worrying

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  24. that some children could be talking to anyone without you knowing

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  25. It concerns me that there seems to be a way around all methods of protection these days. I would love to try a method that is completely safe for families. It also concerns me that anybody can pretend that they are another child when talking to your children.

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  26. JUst have to monitor them its all you can do

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  27. I managed to get around all my parents' checks - and kids today are so much more tech savvy. It can be a nightmare trying to monitor it.

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  28. There is far too much online worries concerning children online, but a family security helps and a watchful eye!

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  29. I'm worrying about my children talking to strangers

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  30. I am a grandmother and I am amazed to see how easy it is for the children to get very involved on the Internet without anyone being any the wiser.

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  31. You just don't know what they could be looking at

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  32. my childs safetly against bullies and preditors

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  33. I worry about my kids talking to strangers online and them giving out there personal details

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  34. Online Bullying, and unwanted contact from strangers concerns me x

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  35. Jane Middleton1 January 2014 21:08

    As parents we have to be really careful and monitor our child's online activities

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  36. My son is 9 years old and has his own laptop. I really worry about what he can access on the internet and I closely monitor him as much as I can.

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  37. I worry they might see sexually explicit material by accident

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  38. Our main concern at the moment is over suitable content on youtube.

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  39. My son is closely monitored, but all it takes is one click and he can see something I do not want him to see. There is so much junk out there!

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  40. I am very concerned with my childs safety in the internet even though i know that he wont go on something he should't it can take one wrong click on an advert

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  41. i worry about the vulnerability of children on social networks

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