Using award-winning web filtering technology from InternetSafety.com, SafetyCheck™ is the first dedicated online gambling blocking software to protect kids from accessing online gambling sites.
“We found that the multi-purpose filtering software available on the market wasn’t effective at blocking gambling websites so we knew we had to create a dedicated solution to help parents keep their kids safe online,” said Marie Mullally, President and CEO of NSGC.
The software is easy to use and is available free of charge to residents of Nova Scotia through a simple download. Parents and guardians can add up to 10 unique users within their household on up to five computers. This allows them to block underage users and give adults full access. When SafetyCheck™ blocks a website it is done because the site has been categorized as “gambling”. Parents can also choose to get instant alerts by phone or email if their child attempts to visit a gambling website.
Making the investment in SafetyCheck™ was an easy choice for NSGC. “Kids shouldn’t gamble, ever,” said Mullally. “Research shows that the younger someone starts to gamble the higher their risk of developing problems later in life. This is about doing everything we can to help parents prevent problems before they start.”
“We can’t pretend that kids aren’t gambling online,” added Mullally. “The potential risks of ignoring this issue extend well beyond negative media attention or a hit to an organization’s reputation. For families, the consequences of inaction can be devastating. So as an industry, investing in this type of programming is, quite simply, the right thing to do.”
The next step for NSGC and SafetyCheck™ is to promote the product to other international jurisdictions. As crown agencies and gaming organizations develop their online gaming plans, it will be important to provide evidence of leadership and good corporate social responsibility, especially when it comes to youth prevention. The SafetyCheck™ system can play a vital role in helping to protect children in Canada and around the world by empowering parents and caregivers to make informed choices in their own homes to keep their kids safe.
By Margaret McGee