Silvertech has launched ekids, a safe, secure network for children on the internet.
Ekids will provide parents with a safe, fun and educational environment for children to play, learn and communicate in cyberspace. The service will go live on 1 March.
"The internet is like the physical street. Most parents don't want their children roaming around unsupervised," said El St John, Silvertech's chief executive.
The network does not contain any advertisements and is funded by a $12 per month subscription fee. Families can register at www.ekidsinternet.com. They will then be sent a CDRom of proprietary software that serves as a secure entrance to the private network.
Protection is guaranteed through firewalls while data is controlled by encrypted packets that compensate for bandwidth discrepancies.
The network is being powered and financed by Hewlett Packard. Silvertech, which specialises in providing end-to-end encrypted private networks, owns and manages the service.
Silvertech has also forged partnerships with Cisco, Abovenet, Ask Jeeves and Headbone Interactive.
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