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Contracts with Kids discuss and set up rules for computer use.

Time Limiting limits time online.

Filtering & Blocking limits access to some sites, words, and/or images.

Block Outgoing Content prevents kids from revealing personal information online.

Browsers for Kids do not display inappropriate words or images.

Kid-Oriented Search Engines perform limited searches or screen search results.

Monitoring Tools alert adults to online activity without blocking access.

There are both pros and cons to keep in mind when using these types of tools.

Please Note: GetNetWise staff gathered this information from the companies that make these tools. We cannot guarantee the effectiveness of these products, nor do we endorse any products.

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How ISPs are Helping -- Many Internet and online service providers also offer safety solutions by selling or including these tools with their services and adopting "Acceptable Use Policies", or "Terms of Service Agreements".

Web Ratings Systems -- Many companies that produce Web sites voluntarily rate and label their sites, using a system knows as "PICS" (Platform for Internet Content Selection).

Internet Issues in the Community -- When children use the Internet in school or in a library, their experiences will be different than when they are at home. Libraries and schools may have different rules for Internet use than your family, because they must serve the needs of diverse children and families.

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Tools that filter other categories of material

Many tool companies have developed additional or different categories of material for which their products can be set up to filter or block access.

Remember that designation of such a site is made by a company whose values may be different from your own. Visit the company's Web site, seek out reviews, and ask about the criteria for determining what sites are placed in these categories.

(In order to be clear, we have put all of the "sexually explicit" categories into our "filters sexually explicit material" chart. Some companies describe what they filter as sex, obscenity, pornography, nudity, or some similar term. We have not made distinctions among those categories, and we think that most of these companies mean approximately the same thing with these terms.)

We have identified tools that limit access to information in the following categories:

Abortion Advocacy, Abusive Behavior by Others, Activist Groups, Adult Language, Advertising, Advertising for Adults, Alcohol, Alternative Journals, Anarchy, Art, Bomb, Broadcast Media, Cartoon Violence, Chat Rooms, Cults, Drugs, File Transfer, Free Mail, Free Pages, Gambling, Game Sites, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Lifestyles, Gothic, Government, Gross, Hacking, Hate Groups, Humor, Illegal Activity, Immoral Activities, Investments, Job Search, Leisure Activities, Lingerie, Message/Bulletin Boards, Militancy, Movies, MS Macro Files, Murder, New Age, Nudity, Obscenity, Occult, Online Auction, Online Games, Personal Ads, Personal Information, PICS Ratings Adult Topics, Politics, Popup Windows, Pornography, Profanity, Racism, Religion, Satanic, School Cheating Information, Search Engines, Self-Help, Sex/Acts, Sex/Attire, Sex/Nudity, Sex/Personals, Sexual Education (multiple levels), Sexually Oriented, Sexually Predatory, Shopping, Sports, Stock Quotes, Suicide, Swimsuits, Tasteless, Tobacco, Transgender, Travel, Unwholesome Activities, Usenet, Violence, Weapons

Remember: No filtering or blocking system is fool-proof. Parents will always need to remain involved in their child's online life. Kids will always need to know what their families' rules are and how to be safe.

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