Protecting Children on the Internet



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Reviews of top parental control software.

U.S. and international political efforts to safeguard children online.
Reviews of family-friendly policies of top Internet Service Providers.


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Search Engine

Database and index search programs that enable users to sort though all of the web sites on the Internet are referred to collectively as search engines. Several new search engines have recently come out with family-friendly features. To use any of these tools, click on their name in the table below. Note that both SafeSearch and Net Shepherd use PICS ratings which can be faulty at times. However, the probability of accidentally coming across pornography is much lower than if you were to use a standard search engine such as Excite or AltaVista.
Search Engine Family-Friendly Features
Ask Jeeves for Kids Ask your questions in plain English and Jeeves will find the answer for you.
Education World Search over 500,000 Web resources. The opening screen is somewhat teacher-centric, but the search results tend to be strong.
KidsClick Search over 600 categories for Web kid-friendly Web sites reviewed by librarians.
Yahooligans Monitors its list of web sites to ensure all are child friendly.

As described in the section introducing the Internet, servers are computers on the Internet that may, among other things, host web sites, chat areas, and copies of newsgroups. Servers vary greatly in size and capabilities. All servers have IP Addresses and are linked to one another via the Internet. As with many other Net components, servers work in the background and users do not need to know what they do.

Software authors and companies sometimes distribute their programs as shareware. Shareware is usually distributed for free but requires the user to send in a payment after an evaluation period.

Spam generally refers to an inappropriate newsgroup posting. Examples of this include posting an advertisement for hamburgers in a vegetarian newsgroup or crossposting a message (sending the same message to many newsgroups at the same time).
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TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol)

TCP and IP (Internet Protocol) are the underlying protocols that govern the movement of data on the Internet. Most users do not need to understand how they function.
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URL (Universal Resource Locator)

A URL is the address of a site on the Internet. The address can be for a newsgroup, a web site, or FTP site, among other things. World Wide Web URLs always look something like this: The letters before the colon describe the type of site. "Http" denotes a web site and "ftp" indicates an FTP site.

All of the newsgroups on the Internet sometimes are referred to collectively as Usenet.
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The World Wide Web often is referred to simply as the Web.
Web Site and Web Page

A web site is a location on the web containing information posted by an individual, company or organization. Each web site has one or more web pages. A web site is like a book, with the web pages being similar to the pages in a book.
WWW (World Wide Web)

The World Wide Web gets its name from the global nature of the Internet and the way site connections are interlaced like a spider web. As described in the introduction, the WWW includes all the web sites in the world that are accessible through the Internet.
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