AOL announced on Monday that its parental control features typically found in its online subscriber suite will now be available for free to all users.

The online arm of Time Warner has been increasingly giving away its proprietary content as it moves from a subscriber based service to one replying on advertising revenue.

Today AOL is proud to become the first major online provider to make parental controls available for free to all online users, said Joel Davidson, AOL Executive Vice President, Access Products and Technology.

AOL Parental Controls are designed to give parents tools they need to help protect their children from inappropriate or dangerous online material. The software features age-based access controls, as well as specific controls on instant messaging and chat, online timers, and e-mail reports on their children’s online activities.

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