There are a number of software packages available that try to help keep
children safer on the Internet. While there is no ideal solution, as with
life in general, the packages help take a first step to protecting children in
Cyberspace. The software currently available includes:
If you know of other packages,
please let me know.
WiredSafety.org is the home of WiredKids.org, WiredPatrol.org and
They help people of all ages
with anything that can go wrong online, from con artists, identity thieves,
predators, stalkers, criminal hackers, online fraud, cyber-romance gone wrong
and privacy problems.
To do better than hit-or-miss in deciding which of the filter approaches might
be best for you, look at FilterReview.com,
recommended by Focus on the Family and is non-profit: I've been told it does not
sell the filters that it reviews.
(If there are other places that do similar reviews
and ratings, please tell me about them.)
One project of interest, the
Platform for Internet Content Selection (PICS),
has the goal to help develop technologies that will give users of interactive
media, like the Internet, control over the kinds of material to which they and
their children have access. (This set of pages has a PICS rating inside it, by
the way, to make it clear that it's safe for kids to visit.)
are an all-volunteer Internet patrol and monitoring project
whose mission since 1995 is to be a Cyberspace ``Neighborhood Watch''.
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