KlaasKids Foundation and Virtual World Computing Collaborate to Protect Children

New collaboration will harness the power of social networking to protect children from predators and abusive marketers

Santa Barbara, CA, July 12, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Virtual World Computing, developer of the Cocoon online privacy solution, is announcing a new collaboration with child-safety advocate Marc Klaas' KlaasKids Foundation that aims to harness the power of social networking to protect children from predators and abusive marketers alike.

While immediately giving parents a tool to manage which websites their kids can access, a top priority of the collaboration will be the creation of a parent-sourced "white list" of recommended websites. This tool will join Cocoon's other online security and privacy tools which include eliminating corporate tracking of children, protecting the family computer from harmful downloads of viruses and malware, and helping parents manage their family's online lifestyle.

"We are proud to announce this collaboration in large part because, since KlaasKids began in 1994, it has always been about social solutions and distribution of information," said Jeff Bermant, co-founder and Executive Chairman of Virtual World Computing.

Marc Klaas, who became a missing person's advocate after his daughter Polly Hannah Klaas was kidnapped and murdered in a high-profile 1993 case, said the collaboration offers a chance to advance the KlaasKids mission.

"The predators out there have certainly embraced new technology," Klaas said. "They might understand your child's iPhone better than you do and much of this new location-identifying technology should really give us pause. Cocoon's solutions offer an immediate chance to address some of those threats while protecting from marketers who might be unduly targeting our kids."

In addition to its collaboration with KlaasKids, Virtual World Computing works with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to implement an automated "blacklist" updated daily to help assure that the Cocoon service is off limits to online child predators.

About the KlaasKids Foundation:

The KlaasKids Foundation was established in 1994 by Marc Klaas to give meaning to the death of his twelve-year-old daughter, kidnap and murder victim Polly Hannah Klaas, and to create a legacy in her name that would be protective of children for generations to come. The Foundation's purpose is to inform parents, children, and communities about how to prevent crimes against children through personal action and support of legislation.

About Cocoon:

Cocoon is an all-in-one plugin developed by Virtual World Computing of Santa Barbara, California. In addition to its iOS app called GetCocoon, Cocoon offers versions for Firefox and Internet Explorer. Cocoon's core business model is built on trust, and its mission is to put the user in control of their Internet experience by ensuring that their computer and personal information are secure and protected from malicious attacks, unwanted spam, and invasions of privacy. Cocoon offers free and premium service options.


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