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November 08, 2007

Parents Now Can Control Teenage Z2 Usage with Zipit Wireless Parental Portal Site

By Niladri Sekhar Nath, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Zipit Wireless Inc. has introduced its parental portal Web page within ZipitWireless.com. Through the Zipit Web site, parents can learn about the benefits of the (Zipit Wireless Messenger 2) Z2 and enable parental control features that help monitor and control the usage of the Z2.

The parental portal functions in association with the technology of the Zipit Wireless Messenger 2 to help parents to control the amount of time teens can use the Z2. They can also control the specific times and days of the week that the Z2 can be used.
The solution provides parents with an added layer of security that complements the safety features inherent to the Z2 design such as safeguarding users from well-known Internet hazards that include spam, viruses and access to inappropriate Web sites.
Leveraging the secure parental portal, parents now have the ability to limit the amount of time the Z2 can be used by specifying allowable hours and days of use, as well as maximum hours of use per day.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer parents these additional security measures to further ensure that their children are IMing safely,” said Frank Greer, CEO and president of Zipit Wireless. “The Z2 provides an excellent balance of options for teens and parents. The teens have a portable communication device that allows them to keep in touch with their friends, while parents are provided with the tools they need to work with their kids to provide a safer communications environment.”
Zipit Wireless also has plans to enhance the parental portal so that parents can get additional tools to monitor the usage of their children’s Z2. Zipit has developed the portal after working with parents and experts in the field of child safety.
“As technology continues to evolve and become a more prevalent aspect of everyday life, it is imperative that products designed for children are inherently comprised of features that ensure their safety,” said Dr. Robin Kowalski, professor of psychology at Clemson University and lead author of the book Cyber Bullying: Bullying in the Digital Age. “The Z2 and the accompanying Zipit Wireless parental portal Web page provide the perfect fusion of technology with social responsibility.”
Niladri Sekhar Nath is a contributing writer for TMCnet covering telecommunications, service providers and networking. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
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