Symantec at this week’s DEMO conference will showcase child-protection software that monitors children’s activities online as well as encourages children to be involved in setting the rules for safe and appropriate online behavior.

The Windows-based software, which Symantec is designing under the working name “Family Safety,” is meant to give parents a way to understand what their children are doing online, says Gerry Egan, Symantec’s director of product management for the advanced concepts division.

The software could tell parents, for instance, who among 100 buddies a child spends the most time with, Egan says. “The parent could get a message if a child adds a new buddy. The parent could be able to make the decision to add the name to the buddy list.”

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