Nick Kingsbury's Blog

I was CEO of Chronicle Solutions from 2006 to early 2007. The flagship product is netReplay, a Network Content Appliance that captures, indexes and replays all user communications in real-time. This blog reflects my interest in that area.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

News Item: Tackling cyber bullying head on

Chronicle Solutions and Crisp Thinking Announce New Technology to Respond to Government Call for Effective Measures to Deal with Rise in Cyber Bullying

For the first time, parents and schoolteachers will have a system that not only allows them to monitor exactly what their charges are viewing but also proactively alerts them to specified dangers.

The Child Protection Gateway - designed to provide effective control over interactions that children are experiencing online, both in schools and in the home - is the world’s first system providing robust internet protection at the network layer.

Government initiatives against cyber bullying underscore the urgency of new technology launched by Chronicle Solutions, author of the world’s leading enterprise-class Network Content Appliance: netReplay, and Crisp Thinking, specialists in the child protection space.

This initiative is particularly in tune with government guidelines announced to help tackle the growing rise in cyberbullying and recent calls to make MySpace a safe online experience.

New research published by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) reveals that one in five pupils have been bullied over mobile phones or over the internet. Online bullying is particularly crushing according to the government as it pervades the child’s entire existence both at home and at school.

Nick Kingsbury, CEO of Chronicle Solutions, stated: “Instant messaging has become one of the biggest communication tools for children, however, we need to monitor and protect against the serious and growing threat of abuse and circulation of inappropriate material. With this new system, parents and teachers will, for the first time, have visibility and control of the information that enters and leaves the PCs used by their charges.”

“The government is actively calling for ISPs to help address the growing problem of cyberbullying. Until now parents and teachers have been at the mercy of PC-based solutions which have severe flaws and can be easily circumvented. For the first time, the Child Protection Gateway provides real value-add by offering a robust solution that deals with the problem online and means that monitoring is real time and all-encompassing.” added Adam Hildreth, founder and CEO of Crisp.

Until now any online activity has been un-monitored. In the event of a bullying incident, this system will enable teachers and parents to see all communication and review a complete history of what has been seen by the child, over a period of time. Through artificial intelligence the system will look for inappropriate behavior patterns such as repeated requests for a phone number or to meet up and will understand and actively track these patterns. Custodians will receive an automatic alert once these patterns occur so that they can instantly review the chat, instant message or email trail.

netReplay captures and indexes all digital communications in real-time, whether email, web mail, IM, blogs or VoIP and is able to log and store vast amounts of data. No matter how long abuse has been going on, netReplay’s solution is able to track it. The system alerts in real-time any usage transgressions – enabling parents or teachers to be aware instantly of any banned material that is being viewed .

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