Children's Way Beefs Up Security in K-6 Virtual World

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Non-profit developer Children's Way Foundation has teamed with eGuardian to bolster security on its Woogi World, an online virtual world for K-6 students. The agreement allows Woogi World to incorporate eGuardian's online verification service as a means of safeguarding kids from online strangers who might be posing as other children.

Designed for both home and school use, Woogi World provides online gaming and other activities to reinforce school lessons, including math, and guide kids in the areas of sharing, community participation, and age-appropriate use of the Internet. eGuardian's service is designed to verify the age and identity of users to ensure that children only communicate with those identified as safe to communicate with (typically only those of their own age group). It also actively monitors sites to keep inappropriate content away from eGuardian users.

"We are proud to work with premier partners like Woogi World, and supply them with the information they need to create an online community that expands what is possible for kids, while providing parents with peace of mind," said eGuardian CEO Ron Zayas in a statement released this week. "Through the efforts of eGuardian and our partners, Web, email and instant messaging can be made safe, predator-free and appropriate for children of every age."

Woogi World is free for K-6 students and schools. Further information about the use of Woogi World in schools can be found here.

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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