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Protect children from online threats

Date: February 14, 2007

AT&T Inc. has created a Web site aimed at educating parents on how to protect their children from online and wireless security threats.

The Web site is just one example of more telecommunication companies that are offering packaged services for customers, said Charles Iacovou, an assistant professor of information technology at Wake Forest University.

The site, called AT&T Smart Limits, was started Friday. It offers information on parental-control features for AT&T’s wireless, land line and high-speed Internet products.

The Web site collects instructions on the company’s different security features in one place, making it easier for parents to access that information, officials said.

“A torrent of information and entertainment comes at us every day from wireless phones and wired phones, from the Internet and from TV,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s chief operating officer. “With AT&T Smart Limits, we are giving our customers an intuitive, easy to use way of learning how to manage this content.”
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