With millions of people interacting via online communities, companies are demanding help to combat inappropriate activity and offensive language among participants. Ideal Science, a Web-based communications company offering software for large-scale Web forums, offers its customers tools to provide online safety to ensure user security. Kidzworld.com (www.kidzworld.com), an online community for Tweens — kids ages 9-14 — providing both engaging multimedia entertainment and safe, secure networking, uses Ideal Science´s software and services as part of its ongoing effort to safeguard its young users.
Kidzworld aims to enrich and empower Tweens worldwide by providing a responsible platform, in which they can play, discover, express their thoughts, gather and belong. In providing such an outlet for Tweens, Kidzworld is aware of the potential dangers its users could face and wants to offer a secure portal that allows them to freely and safely interact with each other. One way Kidzworld ensures their users´ safety is by working with Ideal Science to create a safe, worry-free bulletin board. With over 600,000 registered users, Kidzworld needs software that helps to monitor the content and control inappropriate behavior on its bulletin boards.
“We wanted to provide a safe, secure site that would allow Tweens to interact, communicate and explore the digital world. A site that parents could be confident would do just that,” said Allen Achilles, founder and president of Kidzworld. “In designing this site, it was incumbent upon us to use the latest technologies in the market that not only provide innovation, but affords us a way to ensure the safety of our young users. Ideal Science delivers the technology that allows us to provide that assurance to parents.”
Ideal Science´s bulletin board software helps its customers filter inappropriate activity and offensive language among participants by including features that are both capable of capturing hidden content, such as symbols appearing as legitimate letters and designed to filter out content that is unsuitable. The software can allow a moderator complete control over the material being added to safeguard users.
Additionally, Ideal Science offers a moderating service that allows its customers to go beyond this protection to eliminate problems for its Web forums. Through its moderation services, Ideal Science enforces a customer´s terms of service and other directives that the customer provides to the Ideal Science team. That team takes over the responsibility of moderating the forums by using custom-written software, and Ideal Science´s unique workflow solutions, which in the end will provide forums with increased safety and more satisfied users.
“Bulletin boards are one of the most overlooked tools in social networking. Yet, they are one of the most widely used. As more attention is focused on the potential for problems in social networking, we want to help our customers take the guesswork out of protecting their users,” said Joshua Kerr, CEO and founder of Ideal Science. “By offering moderation services, our customers can focus on the creation of content, saving their team both time and money.”
With 87 percent of organizations using Microsoft´s Windows operating system, Ideal Science designed IdealBB.Net as customizable bulletin board software built on the Microsoft .NET framework. Ideal Science´s IdealBB.Net is a powerful bulletin board program offering unparalleled customization options and the most scalable features of any Windows-based bulletin board system to date. IdealBB.Net provides the right set of functionality to deliver a strong solution to meet the demands of heavy Web traffic, including one-point installation, file sharing and a powerful search engine.
Ideal Science´s solution provides companies with user-friendly administration, powerful development tools and the ability to scale efficiently. The software offers a search feature, flexible application program interfaces and the ability to run multiple bulletin boards from only one installation of the product. Ideal Science´s Web-based communications software facilitates a number of activities ranging from educational infrastructure to access to vital information to support for remote professionals to building online communities.