Do the YouTube and Google search fans at your house know about SafeSearch and Safety Mode? Google made these safety tools available starting a few years ago (see my 2009 post about the former here), but software engineer Matthias Heiler just posted a heads-up about them for users who might be a little more active […]
Category Archives: filtering
…for now – until the blocking technology works with all browsers – families make it a rule that kids use Firefox and they download this plug-in for it: the MetaCert Add-on. Firefox is the only browser for which there’s a .xxx blocking tool, but that’s changing. It’ll work with Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Opera […]
GetParentalControls.org, which tests Web filters, announced its top picks and some filtering trends.
Free PC security help for the first 1,000 families who sign up, but there are more long-term solutions too.
School filtering works better when less restrictive and blended with teaching students how to “take responsibility themselves for using new technologies safely,” said a study by British education watchdog Ofsted I blogged about in February). Educator Tom Whitby and the amazing comments to his blog post, “Deal or No Deal” got me thinking about this […]
Parental-control technology – filtering, monitoring, screen-time controls, etc. – isn’t for all families all the time, but it’s a valuable part of the parenting toolbox, along with values, regular discussion, rules, rewards, repercussions, etc. There is no easy, one-size-fits-all solution in that mix and, since ’97, when I started writing about youth tech, media, and […]
“If I were still an unpopular 12-year-old, my first ChatRoulette session might have crushed me for a year instead of just an hour,” writes Sam Anderson in New York magazine in the mildest possible description of a site that Brad Stone of the New York Times just discovered was created by a 17-year-old in Moscow. […]
Not surprisingly, students seem to agree with Ofsted – though perhaps sometimes for different reasons ;-) – that “locked down” filtering at school isn’t the best (see this about Ofsted’s report). “Many young people are using ‘proxy servers’ to get round their schools’ internet security systems, ” the BBC reports, adding that students’ use of […]
More than 33 billion online videos were watched during December and about a third of the them were on YouTube, according to comScore’s latest figures. A 2008 study by Nielsen found that YouTube was 2-to-11-year-olds’ No. 1 video viewing site (see this). So parents will probably be happy to know that YouTube now has its […]