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Parental Controls, Internet Filtering and Monitoring

Posted by comartslibrarian on May 3, 2007

A family member recently asked me for recommendations on filtering “bad” websites from her children (her words). It struck me that her words to describe porn sites seem so much more truthful and accurate than the expressions “inappropriate” or “adult.” Both are milquetoast descriptions, borne of political correctness and libertine attitudes.

Having the PC in a public area and limiting children’s time on the computer may help and are free solutions, but may not be as effective as a filtering tool — either software-based or proxy-based.

SafeEyes is one such software filter that has garnered stellar reviews from Consumer Reports and PC Magazine. It’s $50 / year for subscription updates but it can be installed on up to 3 computers. Links to the reviews follow…

Reviews by Consumer Reports (June 2005)

PC Magazine – Editor’s Choice 2006

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