updated 04:25 pm EDT, Tue April 28, 2009
Symantec has formally published a new web-based security and monitoring application, OnlineFamily.Norton. Previously available only in beta form, the software is designed to help parents track what their children are doing when they use the computer. Users can view search words used by children, censor web content in over 40 categories, and customize and restrict profiles, preferences and allowable Internet use.
Additional monitoring and tracking functions allow parents to view instant messenger chats, and receive reports if children attempt to release personal information via IM, social networks or general websites. Reports are accessible from a primary OnlineFamily.Norton account, and list activities in chronological order. Parents can also set-up e-mail alerts that warn them when a child has gone to a blocked site or passed their allowed time, and send instant messages directly.
OnlineFamily.Norton is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 or later, and available for free until January 1st 2010. Service is valued at $60 for a one-year subscription.