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Chicago startup WebCurfew creates device to help parents control kids' Internet usage

January 24
4:58 PM 2014

WebCurfew, a 2013 graduate of the TechStars Chicago class, wants to help parents monitor their kids' Internet usage. The Chicago-based startup has created an on/off switch that can block individual devices from a home's router, according to Techli.

WebCurfew helps ensure that a child cannot access the Internet from a certain device by turning off its access to the router. This mechanism does not need any software. If controlled manually through the Internet, it is a free service. WebCurfew also has an automated version that comes with a subscription fee. The automated process allows parents to schedule when a certain device can have access to a router, the report detailed.

Recently, the startup has brought in Alberto Moriondo from Motorola as the vice president of WebCurfew's business development, the report added.

Moriondo talked about WebCurfew's future plans:  "What we're coming out with next is the second layer.  Our bigger vision is the internet of things... Blocking adult content and access to unwanted destinations on the web, we have that in trial. So, not only can you control a device on or off, but also where does it go."

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