- The Internet has tremendous potentials for use and abuse. It is the duty of the parent to see that it is put to use for good and not for evil. A variety of filtering solutions are available and should be used to protect your family from the offensive material on the Internet. Although filters are extremely valuable, they are not 100% effective in blocking offensive material. We urge you to review tips for safe Internet use from the US Department of Education, and a Parents' Guide to the Internet. There is no substitute for parental supervision, and we recommend that you keep the computer in the living room or family room where you will be able to monitor its use. In addition, we suggest that you use the Internet to answer specific questions and solve particular problems. Aimless "surfing" can be a tremendous waste of time.
- GetNetwise: Tips for wise use of the Internet.
To avoid problems we strongly recommend the use of filtering services such as the following. A comparison of the effectiveness of these is available from a www.familyguidebook.com.
Search Engine Filters
- Please note that most of the major search engines (Yahoo, America Online, AltaVista, etc.) have "Family Filters". These services block offensive material so that it will not appear when performing searches. We strongly encourage you to turn on these filters in addition to using the commercial software listed under Commercial Filters above.