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PlumChoice Launches "Kids Are Curious" Campaign to Help Parents Safeguard Home Computer From Young Ones' "Monkeying" Around

Leader in Home Computer Support Finds Children Leading Cause of Home Computer Problems

BEDFORD, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/07/06 -- Coinciding with this week's release of the new children's movie CURIOUS GEORGE©, PlumChoice, Inc., the nation's leader in online PC services for the home, announced its "Kids Are Curious" initiative. The campaign is aimed at helping parents ready their home PCs for the Websurfing adventures of children. Parents simply go to www.plumchoice.com to access FREE tips on how to surf-guard their children and PCs and find recommendations for the best in children's Internet safety software.

According to PlumChoice CEO Ted Werth, more than 35% of all calls they receive for home computer help are due to issues created by children's use, and that figure jumps to 70% of calls from households with children ages 15 and under.

"What so many of us love about George in H.A. Rey's classic book series is that he is always wondering and questioning in the way our children do," said Werth. "When it comes to the home computer, kids' curious natures can lead to a wonderful world of learning, but they can also unwittingly open the door to a great deal of unwanted spyware, pop-ups and sometimes inappropriate material."

Five Essential Tips for Family Internet Use

For households with kids, PlumChoice recommends parents take the following steps to protect their kids and home PCs from Internet monkey business.

--  Location, Location, Location: Make it clear to your kids that they
    need to use the Internet in environments that are supervised, such as the
    family PC that is placed in an open and common area or in the school lab
    where there is a school faculty member on hand.
--  Time In, Time Out: Put limits on how much time and when your kids can
    access the Internet.  This will give you better control over how they use
--  Agree on an Email, IM and Chat Policy: Outline the who, what and when
    about online communication -- who they can talk with online, what types of
    communication and behavior are appropriate and what times of day are okay
    for chatting.
--  Make Clear Boundaries on Family Data: If possible, keep all family
    data on a separate computer or under a password protected area of the
    family computer. In addition, be clear and as specific as possible as to
    what family information can and cannot be shared.
--  Know the Trouble with Downloads: Tell your kids to check with you
    before they "download" (copy) programs from the Internet. These programs
    can contain viruses or spyware that can harm your computer, slow it to a
    crawl and reveal personal data.

In general, PlumChoice recommends using straight talk with children, explaining that they can run into inappropriate material that can be scary and that there is a great deal of viruses and other unwanted devices on the Internet that can harm the computer. According to these home computer experts, once kids know what's at stake, there is a greater likelihood of their responding responsibly. For more help, parents can visit www.plumchoice.com to access the company's FREE "Kids Are Curious" parent guide.

PlumChoice offers high-quality, consumer-friendly remote computer support for the home, home office and small business. PlumChoice certified technicians securely access consumers' computers over a high-speed Internet connection to view, configure, demonstrate and repair computers and computer accessories. This offers added convenience for the busy parent who does not have time to wait on hold or visit a local PC repair shop for technical help.

About PlumChoice, Inc.

Founded in 2001, PlumChoice is the nation's leader in providing premium remote computer support for the home, home office and small business market. For more information, visit http://www.plumchoice.com or call 1888-PLUM-HELP (758-6435).

Note: CURIOUS GEORGE is © and (TM) of Houghton Mifflin Company; CURIOUS GEORGE the motion picture is © of Universal Studios and Imagine Entertainment.

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