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The internet contains thousands of valuable resources for children and teens. These include both educational and entertainment sites.

One of the largest challenges for parents today is in making sure these resources are available for our children, without risking exposure to sites with adult or hateful content.

First are several commercial programs that promise to block the objectionable content from reaching your computer. Second, are a couple real good resources providing information and tools for keeping your children safe on the internet.

Commercial Software

Cyber Patrol
Cyber Patrol is used to manage Internet access, limit the total time spent online and block access to Internet sites that you deem inappropriate. Cyber Patrol currently offers versions for both Windows and Macintosh, and a 7 day trial is offered.

A Windows application designed to filter and block adult oriented material, graphics and language from Internet news-groups, chat areas, World Wide Web pages and e-mail. Cybersitter is available for both stand alone PC's and networks. A 10 day trail is offered.

Net Nanny is the only software program that allows you to monitor, screen and block access to anything residing on, or running in, out or through your PC, online or off. It's two-way screening in real-time and only you determine what is screened with the help of a site list which can be downloaded free from this site. NetNanny is available for Windows and offers a 30 day free trail version.

SurfWatch is client-based software that can easily be installed and used with any WWW browser. SurfWatch blocks tens of thousands of explicit sites locally at the customer's machine. SurfWatch is available for Windows and Macintosh and offers a 15 day trial.

the access rights of other Internet members, and without removing any material from the Internet or any server.

Other Resources

Child Safety on the Information Highway. General information regarding the Internet, its benefits, the risks for children and how to reduce these, and guidelines for parents.

SafeSurf offers its assistance to help all of the filtering software companies produce better products and encourages them to support the SafeSurf Rating Standard.

GetNetWise is a public service brought to you by a wide range of Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations. The GetNetWise coalition wants Internet users to be only "one click away" from the resources they need to make informed decisions about their family's use of the Internet.

Located on the disney site, this animated game teaches children about safety on the internet. The site addresses issues such as privacy, virus awareness, and safety tips.

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