Parental controls devised by Netintelligence receive official recognition
iomart Group plc (AIM:IOM), the cloud computing and managed hosting services company, is pleased to announce that its cloud based security service, Netintelligence, has been awarded the UK’s first BSI Kitemark certificate for child safety online.
Tim Loughton, Minister for Children and Families, announced the certification today during his keynote speech in London at the BETT show, the biggest educational technology exhibition in the world.
The Kitemark for Child Safety Online has been developed through a collaboration between The British Standards Institution (BSI) – one of the UK’s foremost certification companies – the Home Office, Ofcom and representatives from internet service providers (ISPs) and application developers.
The certificate is the first to be awarded by BSI for child safety online.
The Kitemark is designed to help consumers identify internet filtering software that has been designed to a high standard and which is both effective and easy to use. The Kitemark aims to give parents confidence in such products, encourage new product development, and most importantly, help to reduce the amount of harmful content seen by children.
In obtaining the Kitemark, Netintelligence was vigorously tested to ensure that it met a range of standards including its ability to block harmful sites whilst allowing access to suitable internet content, flexibility, performance, security and ability to function across a range of operating systems and browsers.
The Kitemark is the latest accolade for Netintelligence’s child safety online scheme. Last year it was named Security Project of the Year at the inaugural UK Computing Security Awards for its role in protecting the 270,000 laptops issued to low income families under the Government’s Home Access Scheme.
Angus MacSween, CEO commented, “It is a great honour to receive the UK’s first certification for child safety online. The Kitemark is recognised throughout the world as a guarantee of safety and reliability.
“Netintelligence offers a complete security solution with all the support that users need. Its parental controls allow carers to have confidence in the internet, which can be an excellent tool for education and learning.
“We believe Netintelligence to be the most comprehensive internet management tool available and now the award of this first UK Kitemark lends substantial credence to our belief.”
Ken Coveney, managing director of BSI Testing Services commented, “Kitemark certified filtering products will give parents tremendous support and offer a level of control that does not compromise parent-child trust. The Kitemark’s integrity means that parents and carers will know they are getting a safer and more reliable product, which has been independently tested and will offer the most consistent level of protection currently available on the market. The standard has rigorous requirements and Netintelligence are to be commended at being the first to deliver a product that meets the tough criteria.”
Congratulating Netintelligence on their award, Children and Families Minister Tim Loughton said, “The internet is a fantastic resource but it’s vital that the Government, parents and businesses work together to make sure children and young people are kept safe online. We know that under half of parents use parental controls and that many would welcome a Kitemark to help them better understand how to keep their children safe.
“That’s why I’m delighted that today BSI have awarded the first Kitemark for parental control software to Netintelligence. The standards set by BSI are rigorous and the availability of Kitemark certified software will help give parents confidence that their children will be protected from harmful or inappropriate content on the internet. I hope that other parental control software providers will follow suit and demonstrate their products are equally effective.”Subscribe to RSS Feed