SOURCE: eGuardian

December 01, 2008 10:00 ET

eGuardian, SynapticMash Join Forces to Help Children Use Technology Efficiently, Safely

Proprietary Age-Verification Service, Combined With Powerful Educational Management System, Enables School Systems to Transfer Student Files Across State Borders

ONTARIO, CA--(Marketwire - December 1, 2008) - eGuardian, the only online protection service to block predators effectively and make search engines and social networking sites safer for children, today announced its partnership with SynapticMash, based in Seattle.

The two companies are working together to expand technology's advantages to school districts, parents and students in a connected world. SynapticMash provides schools with a giant leap forward in increasing the student achievement through its LearningQube platform, an end-to-end education management technology that facilitates communication among students, teachers and parents. eGuardian adds a layer of protection that eliminates any barriers to full open communication channels.

According to Ron Zayas, chief executive officer of eGuardian, the association with SynapticMash affords a win/win to parents and teachers as well as children. "eGuardian and SynapticMash share a common audience -- and a shared goal of helping children use technology efficiently and safely. By pairing our age-verification service with SynapticMash's powerful educational management system, a child's educational history and verification can now go with them across school districts and across states."

SynapticMash works with school districts to empower educators with real-time data integrated into its state-of-the-art end-to-end educational management system, called LearningQube. In addition to addressing the day-to-day business needs of a school, the LearningQube also informs educators about their students' achievement status -- where they are struggling as well as where they are succeeding. LearningQube provides an online collaboration space to allow educators to share best practices with their peers and can assist them in identifying the appropriate educational resources for a student based on real time data. Students benefit from a social network that gives them access to mentors, learning tools and other educational resources. Parents have the ability to access their child's school performance and record. Currently, a student's files can only be transferred from district to district within a particular state; the files cannot cross state lines.

eGuardian provides age-verification services to protect children online by working in conjunction with site blocking software and parental controls, thus delivering a deeper layer of protection to help shield children from online predators and adult content. Using its unique verification process, eGuardian authenticates the age and identity of every child signed up as a member. Once verified, eGuardian provides parents with a unique eGuardian ID for each enrolled child that they may use to allow their children access to partner sites and services they deem appropriate, including online services such as LearningQube.

"This partnership gives SynapticMash a great opportunity to work with a company that is well-respected in the industry for its real ability to protect children online," said Ramona Pierson, chief executive officer, SynapticMash. "Although we do conduct authentication with the schools in our system today, eGuardian will enable us to automate the process, and reach beyond state borders, ultimately enabling students who move to benefit from a continuum of learning."

eGuardian and SynapticMash will kick off the partnership with a pilot program in Southern California in early 2009.

About eGuardian

eGuardian is a child's constant companion on the Internet. Based in Ontario, Calif., the company's technology provides a revolutionary new solution that blocks contact with online predators and filters out adult content without hindering a child's learning, social networking and exploring opportunities. For more information, call +1 877-348-2731, or visit eGuardian at

About SynapticMash

SynapticMash is a non-traditional, software company focused on empowering educators with real-time data integrated into a state-of-the-art educational management system that can streamline the current workload of educators. This is done by taking the traditional technology concepts (example: Social networking, data integration, business intelligence) that exist today and combining or "mashing" them together to create a new platform called LearningQube. To learn more about SynapticMash, visit

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