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Pandora Corp. Announces PC Pandora Free Holiday Giveaway


New York, NY (PRWEB) December 22, 2008

Most people will tell you that nothing in life is free. “Everything has a price,” as the saying goes. But for the holidays, Pandora Corp. is changing the rules. Beginning at 12:01 AM on December 25th, and through New Years Day, the company will be giving away its signature computer monitoring software, PC Pandora, absolutely free.

“The economy is making the holidays difficult for a lot of folks this year,” explains Pandora Corp. co-founder James Leasure. “Parents will probably dig deeper this year to make the kids and family happy, especially if they are planning to buy a new PC for the household. We want to make sure that kids using those PCs stay safe online, and so we’re helping parents get the best safety tools for free.”

Starting Christmas morning, parents can visit http://www.pcpandora.com and use the code PCPANDORAHOLIDAY to get the current PC Pandora version 5.2 absolutely free as a download. The giveaway will last until 11:59 PM on January 1, 2009, or until 50,000 units have been given away. There are no strings attached; in fact, there is even an incentive: parents who take advantage of the giveaway will be given an e-coupon to use on the next release of the software.

In early 2009, Pandora Corp. will be releasing PC Pandora 6.0. The new version will contain standard upgrades and modifications plus many important new features including the optional Pandora LIVE, a web-based subscription service that will allow near real-time monitoring, as well as the ability to change or modify settings remotely. Leasure says he hopes that people find the software essential enough to come back and take a look at the new version.

“Internet safety can’t be put on the back burner, so we’re going to give our software away now when many people are telling us that they simply can’t afford discretionary spending,” says Leasure. “We want parents to see how incredibly efficient our program is and what a powerful tool it can be in 21st century parenting. Of course, our hope is that these families will remain loyal customers once the economy turns around, but even if not, it’s critical that parents understand what’s happening online.”

PC Pandora is computer monitoring software that records all activity on a computer. The program’s first-rate monitoring capabilities take sequential snapshots of everything that happens on the screen, thus allowing parents to see first-hand everything their child does both on and offline. Further details of user activity are made available in text-based files, including instant messenger chats, emails sent and received, websites visited, peer-2-peer files shared, keystrokes logged, programs accessed, Internet search queries and more. The IRIS feature will even send those text-based files right to a parent’s email – invaluable for working moms and dads who can’t always be home when the kids are online.

Leasure says the ways that computer monitoring software can help parents are so numerous they often don’t consider all of them. “If your child is visiting websites you don’t approve of, talking to strangers on social networks, creating and maintaining multiple social network profiles, downloading illegal music and movies, or falling victim to or – even worse – acting as a cyberbully, you will know about it if you are monitoring their internet activity.”

Typical filters and standard blocks are easy for savvy young users to circumnavigate, “But if you have computer monitoring software like PC Pandora,” explains Leasure, “you’ll know what your children are doing and be able to act appropriately.”

While almost every home in America with kids contains a computer, not everyone can spend the extra money on the protection they need right now. “The bottom line is keeping kids safe online,” states Leasure. “Our Christmas gift to parents this year is giving them the tools they need to do just that.”

Visit http://www.pcpandora.com between Christmas and New Year’s Day and use the code PCPANDORAHOLIDAY at checkout to get your copy of PC Pandora for free.

About PC Pandora:

Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal – to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandora’s Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In February 2008, Version 5.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. In addition, through the company’s SAFE SCHOOLS program, schools and school districts can receive up to $ 100,000 worth of software to aid in protecting their students and their PCs. PC Pandora is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com.

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Pandora Corp. Announces Launch of PD Pandora


San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 11, 2009

Read any newspaper, magazine or blog and it’s no secret that Internet safety is at the top of today’s list of parenting concerns. Why shouldn’t it be? With seemingly no restrictions, we let our children use a machine that connects them to the entire world – and, more importantly, connects the entire world to them!

The benefits of the Internet spread far and wide; but for as much good as it has brought, there are those who use the internet to do bad things, including prey on children. From Internet predators to thieves and cyberbullies to illegal downloads and kids themselves doing naive but dangerous things like “sexting,” the dangers associated with the Internet are many and they are REAL! Parents need to think twice before allowing the children to use the internet without monitoring what they are doing.

Pandora Corp. makers of PC Pandora computer monitoring software, in association with nationally recognized child advocate, Maureen Flatley, and her team at Flatley McNeil and Associates, have created a comprehensive Internet safety symposium, available to anyone looking for or in need of materials to educate parents and discuss online safety in their local community.

“Every day,” says Flatley, “countless children are exposed to inappropriate content and are actually victimized either in cyberspace or in their own schools, neighborhoods or homes by abusers who range from hardened criminal predators to opportunistic abusers to their own peers. Letting your child go on the internet alone is like letting them get in a car with a stranger.”

“The first step in achieving a safer global internet is education and awareness for families and the people who serve kids, whether it’s schools, day care centers, community groups or even law enforcement,” says Pandora Corp. co-founder James Leasure. “We’ve taken the time and devoted the resources to creating a simple-but-thorough PowerPoint presentation, so busy professionals, parents, educators and community groups have the ability to download and provide simple, straightforward information to groups quickly.”

“This is also a critical time to present Internet safety as a topic of importance to parents,” adds Flatley. “Kids are heading back to school soon and we will see a new wave of children using the internet for the first time.”

The PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium is an informative and customizable 90-minute safety seminar that analyzes the common threats children and families face online every day. The symposium covers Internet predators, cyberbullying, peer-to-peer file sharing, social networking and more, as well as solutions that will help any 21st century parent. The complete package consists of a full PowerPoint presentation, read-along script, 6-page parent hand-out for distribution and marketing materials.

The PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium is designed for any parent group, community organization or law enforcement body that is in need of concise but thorough Internet safety materials for a planned, requested or desperately needed community meeting on the topic.

“Education is really the first step,” explains Leasure. “An educated community is a strong one. We are thrilled to be able to offer this resource to communities and organizations that need help.”

The materials cost nothing and are free for anyone to download and utilize, but there is an extra incentive that Pandora Corp. is hoping will be a driving force. While they aren’t the first to offer Internet safety materials for educational use, they are the first to offer a fundraising partnership incentive.

Pandora Corp. is providing the opportunity for local community groups to hold PD Pandora Internet Safety meetings. By promoting the company’s well-reviewed computer monitoring software, PC Pandora, now in its 6th iteration, organizations and communities can raise funds for their own ventures. This makes the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium not only educational for parents, but beneficial for the organizations hosting symposiums.

“Any organization that registers for a PD Pandora kit will be given the option to use the symposium as a fundraiser,” explains Leasure. “Help us spread the benefits of PC Pandora, and we’ll send a substantial portion of money raised right back to where it matters most – your community.”

A copy of the PC Pandora computer monitoring software is included in the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium kit.

So, if you are ready to talk Internet safety in your community and need materials, or if you are in need of a fundraising vehicle – and are tired of selling candy bars and magazines from a flyer – please take a look at what the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium has to offer. It’s the easiest way to make 2009 a safer year for kids on the internet, while giving back to your school or community at the same time.

For more details, head to the PD Pandora Internet Safety webpage at http://www.pcpandora.com/pdpandora, where you can view a sample of the materials and fill out the short online form to get started. You can also email the company directly.

About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal – to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandora’s Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2008, Version 5.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. Currently in version 5.3, the next release of PC Pandora will incorporate Pandora LIVE, a web-based service that will allow parents to check content from anywhere through a secure server.

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PC Pandora Heads “Back to School” with Internet Safety and PD Pandora


San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 1, 2009

It’s September and that means back to school for kids across the country. And with Internet safety and cyberbullying at the top of the list of today’s parenting concerns, Pandora Corp., makers of PC Pandora computer monitoring software, is encouraging parents to head ‘back to school’ as well.

Created in association with nationally recognized child advocate, Maureen Flatley, and her team at Flatley McNeil and Associates, the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium is available to anyone in need of materials to educate parents and discuss online safety in their local community.

“Right now is the perfect time for educators to get parents together and put this issue on the table,” says Flatley. “Not only do kids have an excuse to be on the computer all the time again – for schoolwork – but we are going to see a new wave of children using the internet for the first time.”

Internet safety remains a top concern, and rightly so. With seemingly no restrictions, we let our children use a machine that connects them to the entire world – and, more importantly, connects the entire world to them. From Internet predators to thieves and cyberbullies to illegal downloads to kids themselves doing na

President Obama Warns Kids about Posting on Facebook; PC Pandora Warns Parents about the Dangers of Not Monitoring Their Children’s Internet Activity


San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 14, 2009

Last week, president Obama met with 32 ninth graders at Wakefield High School in Arlington, VA, for a question-and-answer session. The discussion eventually led to the President’s caution about being too open on social networks.

According to Reuters, Obama stated: “I want everybody here to be careful about what you post on Facebook, because in the YouTube age, whatever you do, it will be pulled up again later somewhere in your life.”

He continued, “when you’re young, you make mistakes and you do some stupid stuff. And I’ve been hearing a lot about young people who [post] stuff on Facebook, and then suddenly they go apply for a job and somebody has done a search.”

The president’s statement echoes a survey from this past June by careerbuilder.com, which revealed that 45-percent of employers used social networking websites to research job candidates. Furthermore, 35-percent of the employers surveyed said they had found content on those sites that had influenced them to reject a candidate. Examples included inappropriate photographs, information about the applicants’ drinking or drug use, or bad mouthing of previous employers, co-workers or clients.

Employers aren’t the only ones screening your kids. An LA Times article from earlier this year documented a report by the National Association for College Admission Counseling, revealing that about a quarter of U.S. colleges are doing some research about applicants on social networking sites or through Internet search engines.

Pandora Corp., makers of PC Pandora computer monitoring software, is giving advice similar to President Obama’s to parents across the country.

“It is imperative that parents be aware of not only what their kids are doing online and who they are talking to, but also how they are representing themselves in the digital community,” says Pandora Corp. co-founder Jamie Leasure.

As the internet evolved into the current “web 2.0” state, America’s youth gained an unprecedented ability to share their lives in a public forum. Unfortunately, parents don’t realize that many kids have multiple social networking profiles.

“Allowing children, especially younger ones, on the Internet unsupervised is like letting them get in a car with a stranger. But even when you think you have a handle on your kids’ Internet activities there are risks,” explains nationally recognized child advocate, Maureen Flatley. “Some kids will show their parents a social networking profile, their ‘official’ pages. But at the same time, they have secondary page where dangerous activity takes place.”

Flatley says these other profiles often involve activities as diverse as chatting with strangers, to ordering prescription drugs online with parents’ credit cards or learning how to practice eating disorders.

“The risks go well beyond the obvious things,” says Flatley. “It doesn’t take a skilled, sophisticated search to readily identify multiple profiles or webpages for the same student or job applicant these are the pages that will come back to haunt entire families in this YouTube and Facebook generation.”

Computer monitoring software programs like PC Pandora are the best tool a parent can use to stay current on their child’s Internet activity. PC Pandora records all user activity through a series of screenshots and activity logs. This gives parents the unique ability to view their child’s activity in DVR-fashion, and review specific activity, such as instant messages, emails, websites and items searched for on the web.

For the social networking websites, PC Pandora will let you see firsthand any updates made to your child’s page, as well conversations in MySpace and Facebook’s instant messenger programs. It will also give you the usernames and passwords for the accounts they may not want you to know about.

“The reality is that parents should be concerned with everything their child does online. Whether it’s Facebook or MySpace, instant messenger or Twitter, peer-to-peer sharing or just innocent surfing, parents need to be involved,” says Flatley. “There is no excuse for not knowing all aspects of what your child is doing on the Internet. Monitoring software plays a critical role in obtaining that knowledge. It allows you to be an effective 21st century parent by eliminating the guesswork.”

The recently-launched PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium, created in association with Flatley and her team at Flatley McNeil and Associates, is an additional resource that Pandora Corp. makes available for free. An informative and customizable 90-minute safety seminar that analyzes the common threats children and families face online every day, the symposium covers cyberbullying, Internet predators, social networking, peer-to-peer file sharing and more. The complete kit consists of a full PowerPoint presentation, read-along script, 6-page parent hand-out for distribution, and marketing materials.

“The bottom line is that parents need to be just as aware of what their children are doing and saying online as they would be for real-life situations,” says Leasure. “As our society progresses and technology advances, the two worlds are becoming synonymous – there is little distinction anymore between what people say and do online and in real-life. Kids often don’t realize that; it’s up to parents to teach them.”

For more details, visit http://www.pcpandora.com. A two-hour trial of PC Pandora is available for download. The PD Pandora Internet Safety page has a sample of the symposium materials and a quick form can get you started on bringing the Internet safety discussion to your town.

About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal – to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandora’s Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2008, Version 5.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. PC Pandora is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com. Currently in version 5.3, the next release of PC Pandora will incorporate Pandora LIVE, a web-based service that will allow parents to check content from anywhere through a secure server.

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Federal Courts Rule Schools May Not Punish Cyberbullies; PC Pandora Says Parents Remain Key to Solving Problem


San Marcos CA (PRWEB) December 16, 2009

According to a recent article in the LA Times, student free speech is an age-old issue for schools. But as teenagers’ lives move more into cyberspace, bullying has a new breeding ground – and insults that may have once been somewhat private can now be disseminated to the masses with the click of a button. This is uncharted territory for school officials, who now find themselves dealing with e-mails, instant messages, profile pages, videos and other tactics that may result in hurt feelings or something more serious.

Last month, a federal judge in Los Angeles made a landmark decision. The court ruled that a Beverly Hills middle school had no grounds to discipline a cyberbully, who posted a four-and-a-half-minute video of herself and friends viciously badmouthing a fellow student, due to the bully’s right to free speech.

“The recent federal ruling gives a clear message to schools,” explains James Leasure, co-founder of Pandora Corp., makers of PC Pandora computer monitoring software. “‘It’s not your place to discipline.’ But the ruling gives an even clearer message to parents: you are the key to the cyberbullying solution.”

Free speech advocates are celebrating the ruling, believing many schools have over-reacted to several high-profile cases of cyberbullying. Legally speaking, it may have been the right decision; but the ethical/moral question now lingers heavily: how do parents to put a stop to this growing epidemic without the help of the schools?

Leasure says the solution is simple: Knowledge.

“In theory,” Leasure explains, “if a parent of a bully sees their child engaging in activity that is hurtful to others, they would stop it. The problem is: parents just don’t know what their kids are doing online. That’s where tools like our PC Pandora monitoring software come into play and it’s why they are essential in stopping the cyberbullying problem.”

There is a noticeable disconnect between how parents raise their kids in real life and online. Too often, parents watch their children closely in real life, but then turn their heads when kids go online. Statistics show that most parents give their kids un-monitored access to global communication and content. Leasure says that way of thinking needs to change.

“If parents implemented tools like PC Pandora to keep an eye on how their children interact in the digital community tonight, bullying could be dealt a huge blow tomorrow.”

AN EFFECTIVE SOLUTION:

PC Pandora is computer monitoring software that acts like a DVR and records all activity on your computer. With sequential snapshots of everything that happens on the screen, parents are able to effectively play back everything and anything their child does both on and offline. Further details of activity are made available in text-based files. Parents can review transcripts of emails sent and received, and instant messenger chats, logs of websites visited, keystrokes, peer-2-peer files shared, and programs accessed, plus Internet search queries, webcam output and more.

If a child is engaging in bully-like behavior online, even if they are just passing it on and enabling a bully to succeed, parents will know. They will also be able to see if their child is a victim, but is too afraid or embarrassed to say anything.

“The bottom line here is that parents are on their own, and we can’t afford to wait for the government to come up with a solution. Parents need the tools to fight this problem without the help of schools or the courts. PC Pandora is that tool,” says Leasure.

HOLIDAY TIMING:

The federal court ruling also has ironic timing. Just as the courts rule cyberbullies are free from the schools’ reach, parents are buying and preparing to give new computers to kids as holiday gifts, thus opening the door to potential instances of cyberbullying.

Leasure says it is imperative that every parent giving their child a new computer this year outfits that system with software to monitor internet activity.

“Parental awareness is truly the key to fixing this problem. If your child is the victim – or worse, the bully – it’s time to step in,” explains Leasure. “It’s not being over-protective or over-reactive; it’s being a 21st century parent. Monitoring software like our PC Pandora plays a vital role by providing information needed to be an effective Net-generation parent. With the insight our software provides into a child’s daily struggles, parents can begin to put a stop to Internet threats like cyberbullying.”

A 2-hour trial of the PC Pandora monitoring software is available at the PC Pandora website.

Cyberbullying Statistics:

A recent survey of 655 US teens, ages 13 to 18, was conducted by Cox Communications in association with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The study found that “cyberbullying is widespread among today’s teens, with over one-third having experienced it, engaged in it, or know of friends who have who have done either.” More specifically:

Approximately 1 in 10 teens have cyberbullied someone online or by text message and 1 in 5 have been cyberbullied by someone else.
Two-thirds of teens (68%) believe cyberbullying is a serious problem
Teens who have been cyberbullied most commonly think it was to be mean or for fun or entertainment. However, cyberbullies are most likely to say they did it to get back at someone or because someone deserved it.
4 in 5 teens believe cyberbullying is easier to get away with (81%) and easier to hide from parents (80%) than bullying in person.
Nearly half of those who have been bullied (46%) say that the bully was caught, but only 1 in 4 of those who say they have been a bully (28%) admit that they themselves have been caught.
Three-quarters of teens (75%) think there should be stricter rules about online bullying.

About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal – to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandora’s Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2008, Version 5.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. In addition, the company has made the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium available to schools and law enforcement as a free resource for spreading internet safety awareness to parents. PC Pandora is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com. Currently in version 5.3, the next release of PC Pandora will incorporate Pandora LIVE, a web-based service that will allow parents to check content from anywhere through a secure server.

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Pandora Corp. Tells Parents: In 2010 You Must Know What Your Child Is Doing On The Internet


Bronx, NY (PRWEB) December 29, 2009

Experts all agree computers should be kept in high-traffic areas of the house, in rooms like the kitchen or family room; most have agreed that letting a teenager have his or her own computer in the bedroom is not a good idea.

But times have changed. Today, most families have more than one computer. And with the amount of school work requiring a computer – and in many cases an internet connection – and pressure mounting from peers to be socially active online, teens having their own Internet connection is an unavoidable reality.

As technology advances, however, parents can easily give their online youngsters privacy and freedom, while at the same time protect them from the dangers online. Pandora Corp., makers of PC Pandora computer monitoring software, is giving parents a reminder to be smart when giving teens their own PC.

“Parents giving their kids new computers need to adopt and enforce a new set of rules,” says Pandora Corp. co-founder Manuel Coats. “Simple things like leaving the door open, an Internet cut-off time at night and visiting your child’s room often when they are online are all simple steps you can take.”

But, Coats adds, that is not going to be enough to monitor the tech savvy youngsters of today.

“A new PC is a big gift for them and a big responsibility for you. It’s imperative that you make a New Year’s resolution to monitor and know how your child is using that computer,” says Coats. “Tools like our PC Pandora monitoring software make it easy to find that happy medium between teens being able to freely use the Internet socially, and parents not being left in the dark about their child’s online activity.”

PC Pandora is monitoring software that records all activity on a computer. The program’s first-rate monitoring capabilities take sequential snapshots of everything that happens on the screen, thus allowing parents to see first-hand everything their child does both on and offline. In effect, PC Pandora is like having a DVR on your child’s computer.

Further details of user activity are made available in text-based files, including instant messenger chats, emails sent and received, websites visited, peer-2-peer files shared, keystrokes logged, programs accessed, Internet search queries and more. The IRIS feature will even send those text-based files right to a parent’s email – invaluable for working moms and dads who can’t always be home when their kids are online.

Coats points out the ways that computer monitoring software can help parents are so numerous they often don’t consider all of them.

“If your child is talking to strangers on social networks, creating and maintaining multiple social network profiles, visiting websites you don’t approve of, downloading illegal music and movies, or falling victim to or – even worse – acting as a cyberbully, you will know about it if you are monitoring their Internet activity.”

WHERE DO KIDS GO?

A recent study revealed the top 100 search terms for internet users under the age of 18. Popular websites YouTube, Google and Facebook comprised the Top 3 (in that order); but following as number four and five: “Sex” and “Porn.”

“Most parents are going to be shocked by this, but it’s very understandable,” explains Coats. “Children are naturally inquisitive; they are going to eventually explore these topics. Though no parent may want to admit it, chances are their child is doing it.”

Typical filters and standard blocks are easy for savvy young users to circumnavigate. So the question becomes: how can you talk to your child if you don’t even know for sure where they are going online? Computer monitoring software like PC Pandora lets parents see what their child is doing, enabling them to act upon knowledge rather than assumption.

“The real scary statistic is that ‘porn’ shows up as number four for the ‘7 & under’ age group,” says Coats. “Kids are searching at a younger age now, and parents need to be aware. PC Pandora is the best tool you can use to keep them safe and be absolutely sure about their online activity.”

A 2-hour trial of the PC Pandora monitoring software is available at the PC Pandora website. Additional online safety tips can be found on the company’s 18 Tips for Safe Surfing page.

About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal – to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandora’s Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2008, Version 5.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. In addition, the company has made the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium available to schools and law enforcement as a free resource for spreading internet safety awareness to parents. PC Pandora is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com. Currently in version 5.3, the next release of PC Pandora will incorporate Pandora LIVE, a web-based service that will allow parents to check content from anywhere through a secure server.

Reporters and Producers: Looking to cover this topic? We are your technology solution component. Software is available to journalists for review and testing. Staff members are available for interviews. Let us help you show your audience how easy it can be to keep their kids safe.

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Pandora Corp. Announces Launch of PC Pandora LIVE!; Releases PC Pandora 6.0


Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) January 28, 2010

As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, child online safety is a very real parenting concern. Internet predators scour the Internet every day looking to take advantage of kids; scam artists try to trick our kids into giving out personal information; and cyberbullying is an out-of-control epidemic.

It can be a truly daunting challenge to keep your kids safe online, while at the same time affording them enough freedom to explore the Internet and grow socially. But there is a solution out there for parents and it just got even better.

“We are incredibly excited about the release of PC Pandora LIVE! and PC Pandora 6.0,” states Pandora Corp. co-founder Jamie Leasure. “We have not only added a nice list of new features and upgrades to the familiar PC Pandora program, but the new LIVE! component gives parents the ability to keep their kids safe online from anywhere at any time.”

The new PC Pandora LIVE! service allows users to access the data recorded by PC Pandora from anywhere in the world. PC Pandora uploads recorded activity to the safe and secure SSL encrypted LIVE! website. All you need then is an Internet connection and a web browser. You can even log in from your iPhone and many other handheld devices.

“With the LIVE! service, you can review the data and adjust settings on the monitored computer,” explains Leasure. “You can check web history, update Internet filters, and fine-tune the parental control parameters, all while at work, on the road, or simply unable to be at home in front of the monitored computer.”

For users monitoring multiple computers, LIVE! collects the data from all of the computers that you are monitoring and provides that data in a single place for easy review. While the IRIS function built into PC Pandora is still a great tool, this makes it easier to view your child’s activity – no more emails to comb through and no more having to manually view the data on multiple computers.

PC Pandora LIVE! builds upon the successful PC Pandora program originally released over five years ago. Now, version 6.0 is the latest parental control and computer monitoring software that records all activity on a computer. First-rate monitoring capabilities take sequential snapshots of everything that happens on the screen. In effect, PC Pandora acts as a DVR for your machine and allows you to play back everything and anything your child did both on and offline. Further details of user activity are made available in text-based files, including emails sent and received, instant messenger chats, websites visited, keystrokes logged, peer-2-peer files shared, programs accessed, Internet search queries and more.

“We’ve added some great features to the PC Pandora program in our new 6.0 release,” says Leasure. “By incorporating the advanced features of our flagship enterprise monitoring product, The Office Software, we’ve made data even easier to review through graphs and added the ability to monitor network usage, bandwidth consumption and printer activity.”

PC Pandora 6.0’s new style of data presentation through charts allows parents to quickly analyze recorded data and dig deeper if necessary. In a quick glimpse, you can see which websites and which programs were utilized the most. In addition, PC Pandora 6.0 keeps track of who is downloading/uploading data over the network, with what program, and the amount of data sent/received. This allows you to prevent bandwidth abuse. Finally, PC Pandora 6.0 allows you to monitor any printers connected to the network. Find out how many pages were printed, when and by whom.

“Most parents know by now that kids are savvy enough to bypass standard Internet filters and controls,” explains Leasure. “That’s why we feel that being able to see what your kids are doing is just as important as setting up roadblocks and restricting access. If you can see what they are doing, you can talk to them about it and keep them in check.”

Pandora Corp. has continuously urged parents to educate themselves about the Internet and to talk to their kids about potential dangers. Like most experts, Leasure says that discussion is key. But computer monitoring software like PC Pandora will give parents the knowledge they need to have that discussion, without being left in the dark. For many parents, it will offer reassurance and – hopefully – peace of mind.

“The bottom line here is you have to know what your kids are doing online,” says Leasure. “Where they are going and who they are talking to is key. We feel strongly that PC Pandora 6.0 coupled with the LIVE! service is the best all-around defense parents can get to help keep their children safe online. If someone is approaching a child with ill intentions, or if a child is engaging in risky behavior, the parent will know and can act immediately.”

For more information and a free trial of the new PC Pandora 6.0 and PC Pandora LIVE!, visit http://www.pcpandora.com/live/whats-new.php

About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal – to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandora’s Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. In addition, the Pandora Corp. has made the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium available to schools and law enforcement as a free resource for spreading internet safety awareness to parents. Over the past few years, PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2010, Version 6.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. Concurrently released with 6.0, the web-based PC Pandora LIVE! service affords parents the ability to keep their kids safe from anywhere at anytime. PC Pandora is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com.

Reporters and Producers: Looking to cover this topic? We are your technology solution component. Software is available to journalists for review and testing. Staff members are available for interviews. Let us help you show your audience how easy it can be to keep their kids safe.

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New Study Shows Your Kids are Connected all Day; Pandora Corp. Urges Parents to Know How Kids Spend Their Time Online


Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) February 3, 2010

If you don’t think your child is spending every waking minute connected to the world, guess again. According to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average 8 to 18-year-old spends 7 hours and 38 minutes a day using a form of entertainment multimedia, such as TV, computers or video games. If you subtract the amount of time they should be in school, those 7

PC Pandora 6.0 Computer Monitoring Software Will Help Parents Teach And Enforce Cybersafety, Cyberethics And Cybersecurity In The Home


Las Vegas, NV (Vocus) March 3, 2010

According to a new poll released by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), our kids are not receiving adequate education when it comes to navigating the Internet in a safe and ethical manner. In fact, the poll revealed that over 50% of schools do not require this type of life-lesson curriculum at all. But despite the lack of education, over 90% of teachers, administrators and technology directors feel this type of education is necessary.

This poll should be an eye-opener for everyone, especially parents, says James Leasure, co-founder of Pandora Corp., makers of PC Pandora 6.0 computer monitoring software. Everyone is saying that education in cybersafety, cyberethics and cybersecurity is important, but its not being taught in schools concurrently with basic computer and Internet skills.”

The State of K-12 Cyberethics, Cybersafety and Cybersecurity Curriculum in the U.S. Survey, conducted by Zogby International, with support from Microsoft, found very low levels of integration of key cyberethics, cybersecurity, and cybersafety topics into everyday instructional activities.

For example, despite the record number of teens on social networking websites, only 27% of teachers discussed the safe use of such websites in their class in the past 12 months. Only 18% taught about scams and fraud tactics (e.g. phishing), and only 19% covered the topic of safe and secure passwords.

Before kids are taught how to set up an email address or even open Internet Explorer, they should be getting a lesson on the threats that are prevalent online, and how to adhere to a code of good ethical conduct on social networks, states Leasure.

Part of the lack of formal curriculum in schools on cyberethics, cybersafety and cybersecurity can be attributed to the blame game. According to the poll, 72% of teachers asked said they felt parents bear the primary responsibility for teaching these three important topics. However, somewhat contradictory to that number is the fact that 51% of school administrators replied that teachers are responsible for these lessons.

Leasure says this is not the time to wait around for school districts to officially change their curriculum or teachers to voluntarily incorporate the lessons into their classes.

Its time for parents to understand that they are the principal instructors when it comes to teaching their kids how to use the Internet safely and ethically and that is exactly where PC Pandora 6.0 monitoring software and PC Pandora LIVE! service come into play.

PC Pandora 6.0 is the newest version of Pandora Corps flagship computer monitoring software. The tool helps parents know exactly what their children are doing online and how they are using the computer. It starts by taking sequential snapshots of everything that happens on the computer screen, allowing them to play back everything their child did with DVR-like features. Further details of user activity are made available in text-based files, including transcripts of emails sent and received and instant messenger chats, plus full logs of websites visited, keystrokes toggled, peer-2-peer files shared, programs accessed, Internet search queries and more.

Parents using PC Pandora will know exactly what their children are doing online, explains Leasure. This gives parents an edge and the ability to have discussions with their child regarding the best ways to enjoy, use and participate in the online community. Talking within the family is key, but an un-informed discussion is fruitless and frustrating for both sides.

PC Pandora 6.0 incorporates a new feature from of the companys recently-launched enterprise monitoring product, The Office Software (theOS): the presentation of recorded data through easy-to-read charts. This allows parents to quickly analyze recorded data and dig deeper, if necessary. In a quick glimpse, they can see which websites and which programs were utilized the most.

The new PC Pandora LIVE! service allows users to access the data recorded by PC Pandora from anywhere in the world. PC Pandora uploads recorded activity to the safe and secure SSL encrypted LIVE! website. All you need then is an Internet connection and a web browser to review the data and adjust settings on the monitored computer. You can even log in from your iPhone and many other handheld devices.

Weve given the power to parents who cant always be home when their kids are online to check web history, update Internet filters, and fine-tune the parental control parameters, all while at work or on the road, says Leasure.

On a final note, the survey also found more than 90% of schools have built up digital defenses, i.e. implementing filters and blocks, to protect children from online threats. But while this practice of shielding students may reduce the risks kids face on the school computers, it does nothing to prepare them for using the Internet safety throughout their daily lives.

Its pretty common knowledge that kids are savvy enough to bypass standard Internet filters and controls, explains Leasure. That’s why we feel that being able to see what your kids are doing is just as important as setting up filters and restricting access. If you can see what they are doing, you will have the advantage of full knowledge when you talk to them about their activity.

Leasure also points out that Pandora Corps enterprise monitoring software, The Office Software, can be used by schools to see how kids are using the school computers and help enforce the concepts of cybersafety, cyberethics and cybersecurity.

The Office Software is be a perfect fit for any school district, states Leasure. The network-based tool will not only show you how students are using the school machines, but it will allow you remote access to their desktops to keep them in check.

For more information and a free trial of the new PC Pandora 6.0 and PC Pandora LIVE!, visit http://www.pcpandora.com/live/whats-new.php. For information on The Office Software (theOS), visit http://www.theofficesoftware.com.

About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandoras Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. In addition, the Pandora Corp. has made the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium available to schools and law enforcement as a free resource for spreading internet safety awareness to parents. Over the past few years, PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2010, Version 6.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. Concurrently released with 6.0, the web-based PC Pandora LIVE! service affords parents the ability to keep their kids safe from anywhere at anytime. PC Pandora is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com.

Reporters and Producers: Looking to cover this topic? We are your technology solution component. Software is available to journalists for review and testing. Staff members are available for interviews. Let us help you show your audience how easy it can be to keep their kids safe.

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Physical Bullying of Kids on the Decline; PC Pandora 6.0 Computer Monitoring Software Can Help Combat the Rising Cyberbullying


Las Vegas, NV (Vocus) March 10, 2010

A recently-released national study funded by the US Department of Justice and conducted by the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire found physical bullying among peers declined from 2003 to 2008. Two studies conducted five years apart, asking the same questions, revealed the percentage of children reporting physical bullying in the past year went down from 22-percent to 15-percent.

In response, the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) asserts that cyberbullying has eclipsed traditional playground bullying, citing statistics from their own study that shows more than 43-percent of teens are victims of cyberbullying. Further results reveal 92-percent of those bullied online know who their bully is and, unfortunately, only 10-percent of those dealing with a cyberbully tell their parents.

We agree with the NCPC and recognize that cyberbullying is the epidemic the industry, the government, parents and educators all need to be focusing on now, states co-founder of Pandora Corp., Manuel Coats. But success hinges on both parents and the kids involved.

Coats says the key to reducing the cyberbullying numbers is stopping incidents as quickly as possible.

Parents really need to be aware of what their child is doing online and what is happening in their digital lives, explains Coats. Statistics show that a child being bullied is not going to tell their parents. But, obviously, this is information that parents need to have.

Pandora Corp. makes and sells PC Pandora 6.0 computer monitoring software. Much like your TVs DVR, PC Pandora records everything and anything you tell it to on your PC. The software makes it possible for parents to view screenshots of everything their child does on the computer and view all emails sent and received, instant messenger conversations, social networking chats and posts, websites visited and much more. When a child is being bullied, PC Pandora will show the parents everything.

PC Pandora 6.0 lets parents know exactly what their children are doing online and see first-hand how they are interacting with others, says Coats. If their child is being bullied, they will have records and information they can use to help put an end the situation.

PC Pandora can also work on the flip-side, when a parent may have a bully in their house.

In some situations, PC Pandora might reveal that your child is the aggressor. If that is the case, you have the information you need to be able to sit down and talk to your child and put an end to the behavior before schools or law enforcement get involved.

But parents are only half of the solution.

We need to continue educating our kids, continues Coats. We need to reinforce lessons of kindness and show them how to help stop the bullying when they see it occurring. We also need to help them understand that what they say and do online will stick with them forever that includes the manner in which they treat others.

Fortunately, many school districts are already working with local law enforcement to bring students the education and awareness of cyberbullying they need. But with cyberbullying prevalent at such a high rate, it is clear both parents and students still have a lot of work to do in ending the epidemic.

Its truly a combination of parental awareness and education for our kids, states Coats. PC Pandora 6.0 is the best tool available to help with the first step. The second step is up to all of us.

For more information and a free trial of the new PC Pandora 6.0, visit http://www.pcpandora.com/live/whats-new.php.

About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandoras Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. In addition, the Pandora Corp. has made the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium available to schools and law enforcement as a free resource for spreading internet safety awareness to parents. Over the past few years, PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2010, Version 6.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. Concurrently released with 6.0, the web-based PC Pandora LIVE! service affords parents the ability to keep their kids safe from anywhere at anytime. PC Pandora is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com.

Reporters and Producers: Looking to cover this topic? We are your technology solution component. Software is available to journalists for review and testing. Staff members are available for interviews. Let us help you show your audience how easy it can be to keep their kids safe.

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