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As families use the Internet as an educational resource in increasing numbers every day, parents must decide how to make it a safe place for their children. Pornography, violence, obscenities and hatred lurk in unexpected places, and innocent children stumble upon them all too frequently.
Cyber Patrol, an Internet filtering program from The Learning Company, attempts to manage children’s experiences on the Web in a number of ways. It features automatic blocking of access to Internet sites specified on the "CyberNOT" list, a collection of sites which the ‘patrol’ has found to contain material that parents might find inappropriate for their children.
The Learning Company has developed a strict set of criteria that categorizes Web sites according to their level of objectionable content. Their categories include: Partial Nudity; Nudity; Sexual Acts/Text; Gross Depictions; Intolerance; Satanic or Cult; Drugs and Drug Culture; Militant/Extremist; Violence/Profanity; Questionable/Illegal & Gambling; Sex Education and Alcohol & Tobacco.
Parents can select the categories of content they wish to block, and they can adjust the restrictions to reflect multiple family users. Thus, for example, a teen user may be allowed less restricted Internet access than a young child user. Parents can also deny access to additional sites not included in any of the above-mentioned categories. The CyberNOT list is updated weekly for downloading as is the CyberYES list, an assemblage of Cyber Patrol approved kid-sites.
In addition to blocking objectionable Web sites, Cyber Patrol offers users the ability to block Chat groups and prevent children from divulging personal information on-line. It can, furthermore, restrict overall access to the Internet. Parents can set controls to allow Internet access only at certain times of the day and for limited periods of time. Access limitations can also be placed on specific desktop applications, such as games and parent-only files. Administration of the program is password protected; changing the settings is a simple task and special safeguards prevent kids from disabling the program or removing it from the user’s hard drive.
Downloading the program from the Cyber Patrol Web Site is straightforward and initial purchase of the product includes 3 months of free weekly CyberNOT and CyberYES list updates. After that time additional updates can be purchased in 6 month increments. This program is also offered by some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) throughout the world -- check the Cyber Patrol Web Site for more information about participating ISPs.
Aside from the installation problems our testers encountered when using the CD-ROM version, Cyber Patrol was as easy to use as SurfWatch.
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