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Crayon Crawler Protects Children Online

1st Net Technologies has released a beta version 4.0 of its secure Internet browser for children, Crayon Crawler.

The browser's features include a chat room, automatic blocking of vulgarity, and a closed e-mail system that eliminates not only spam but all types of unwanted messages.

Among Crayon Crawler's features is instant messaging, which lets children discover exactly who else is online at the same time. Users can send either voice or text messages to each other. Another feature, expected soon, will be the Talking Book Reader, a program that will allow children to have animated characters read to them.

"The Crayon Crawler is the first product of its kind to not only safeguard our kids from the pornography that is rampant on the Internet, but also offers them pre-approved, child-friendly content that can be customized to the specific needs and boundaries of each household," said Greg Writer, CEO of 1st Net Technologies.

Crayon Crawler's local and remote Web site storage enables site navigation that can be under the control of a child's parents or kept within the bounds of the closed community.

The vendor is making up to 5,000 downloads available free online, while parents will also be able to obtain the CD ROM beta version for $20.