Filtering programs help censor what a child can view and recieve on his or her computer through the internet. They are seen as helpful, but they are not a fool-proof way to protect children from danger. However, these programs are seen as a step in the right direction by many. They can be purchased and downloaded into your home computer, or they can be obtained on the internet through subscription.
Soem examples of popular filtering programs include: SurfWatch, which can be purchased for $49.95, NetNanny, which can be purchased for $26.95, Cyber Patrol, which can be purchased for $29.95 and CyberSitter, which costs $39.95. These are all programs that need to be downloaded into a personal computer.
"The advantage of having your own filtering software is that you have more control over what is filtered. . . "said Lawrence J. Magid, executive for The Online Safety Project.(Magid, Filtering/ Safekidz.com)
On the other hand, filters can also prevent pertanent information from getting into the home.
Peacefire is an advocacy group supporting freedom of information on the Internet.
Bennett Haselton, spokesperson for Peacefire, "objects that many filters also block information about sexually transmitted disease, gay rights and even free speech debates.
Magid's program was adopted by the Smithsonian Institution's Permanent Research Collection of Information Technology on April 12 of this year. It supports a safety Web site for children and parents. This site provides sfaety tips for safe surfing, current event coverage in articles and letters for Magid himself. Magid started his site, Safekids.com, in 1996. The site was inspired by a similar booklet he wrote in 1994.
"The booklet was inspired by the excessive reactions people were having to pornography on the Internet,"Magid said in an interview with the editors of Education World.
This committe is sposoring a giant research project costing about $855, ooo. The project, scheduled to be completed this year, will provide new strategies to protect students from pornography on the Internet.
The project will also report on the following:
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