Web filtering & guidance solution designed for younger children & their parents
TwoTen is different from other filtering solutions in that it addresses 3 key issues:
(i) the fact that legacy solutions tend to be inflexible in terms of their ability to protect all web-capable devices and customisation in regard to different age groups;
(ii) that legacy filtering approaches were primarily designed to filter the web for older users (teenagers and up), and;
(iii) the need for simplicity in the configuration and management of filtering so that parents (and teachers, nursery staff, etc.) can truly be and feel in control whilst minimising the ongoing “bother” factor.
We believe the content available to children should be age-appropriate. This is not about "adult” versus "not-adult", any more than it is in the cinema; it's about content being suitable for the particular child's age and sensitivity. By subscribing to TwoTen's online service and choosing a maximum site content rating the responsible adult can ensure the child or children in their care only encounters web content appropriate for the child. What content is available at each rating is updated in real-time.
Additionally TwoTen has been designed to protect a child regardless of whether they are browsing from a tablet, a TV or PC, including devices using mobile broadband connections, all based on the same core service. No software has to be installed on the device to be protected.
For younger children protection is not the only requirement; they also need guidance. TwoTen protects in a way that treats attempted access to unavailable content as innocent, and tries to redirect the child to alternative content, content that is both available at the child’s rating level and relevant to the original page requested. We also try to provide information for parents about why a particular page or site is not available.
Parents/teachers etc. can override whether a site or page is allowed or not, and in environments where more than one child is being protected, this automatically enables the site or page to be available for all children who have been granted the same or greater levels of access.
A number of other features are planned, such as allowing parents whose children have accessibility needs to filter guidance/search results to those sites which are more accessible. TwoTen has also been developed so it can be easily integrated into existing products, both hardware, e.g. tablets or TVs, and software, e.g. extending existing filtering solutions to enable complete family protection.
The outcome of using TwoTen’s service is to make the web into a very safe place with solid boundaries, where younger children can explore, learn and have fun, while parents and teachers can relax boundaries as the child grows up.
And another difference between TwoTen and existing products? TwoTen is protected by duck.