New collaboration will harness the power of social networking
to protect children from predators and abusive marketers
Santa Barbara, CA, July 12, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Virtual World
Computing, developer of the Cocoon online privacy solution, is
announcing a new collaboration with child-safety advocate Marc Klaas'
KlaasKids Foundation that aims to harness the power of social
networking to protect children from predators and abusive marketers
While immediately giving parents a tool to manage which websites their
kids can access, a top priority of the collaboration will be the
creation of a parent-sourced "white list" of recommended websites. This
tool will join Cocoon's other online security and privacy tools which
include eliminating corporate tracking of children, protecting the
family computer from harmful downloads of viruses and malware, and
helping parents manage their family's online lifestyle.
"We are proud to announce this collaboration in large part because,
since KlaasKids began in 1994, it has always been about social
solutions and distribution of information," said Jeff Bermant,
co-founder and Executive Chairman of Virtual World Computing.
Marc Klaas, who became a missing person's advocate after his daughter
Polly Hannah Klaas was kidnapped and murdered in a high-profile 1993
case, said the collaboration offers a chance to advance the KlaasKids
"The predators out there have certainly embraced new technology," Klaas
said. "They might understand your child's iPhone better than you do and
much of this new location-identifying technology should really give us
pause. Cocoon's solutions offer an immediate chance to address some of
those threats while protecting from marketers who might be unduly
targeting our kids."
In addition to its collaboration with KlaasKids, Virtual World
Computing works with the National Center for Missing & Exploited
Children to implement an automated "blacklist" updated daily to help
assure that the Cocoon service is off limits to online child predators.
About the KlaasKids Foundation:
The KlaasKids Foundation was established in 1994 by Marc Klaas to give
meaning to the death of his twelve-year-old daughter, kidnap and murder
victim Polly Hannah Klaas, and to create a legacy in her name that
would be protective of children for generations to come. The
Foundation's purpose is to inform parents, children, and communities
about how to prevent crimes against children through personal action
and support of legislation.
Cocoon is an all-in-one plugin developed by Virtual World Computing of
Santa Barbara, California. In addition to its iOS app called GetCocoon,
Cocoon offers versions for Firefox and Internet Explorer. Cocoon's core
business model is built on trust, and its mission is to put the user in
control of their Internet experience by ensuring that their computer
and personal information are secure and protected from malicious
attacks, unwanted spam, and invasions of privacy. Cocoon offers free
and premium service options.
CONTACT: Michelle Morel