XP ,ICRA filtering -both crap!

  patbri 07:19 21 Feb 2003
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I have teenage grandchildren who have started to take an interest in the Net. I took Win XP's own filtering suggestions and downloaded the ICRA filtering file, set them both up. They seem to work with certain web addresses I have typed in, but I tried a few innocent word combos into the Google address and a host of addresses appeared with pornograghic images and links. I was appalled at how easy it could be done. Has anyone got any useful comments on this?
I have bow downloaded a trial version of Cyber Patrol to see if this does the trick.

  jazzypop 10:34 21 Feb 2003

The key point about the Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA) is that they themselves do not rate any website - it is down to the website operator to do that. (See click here for more detail).

Therefore, the scheme relies on 'self-policing'. This is bound to fail with most (but not all) 'adult' sites being solely interested in attracting as many visitors as possible, in order to raise revenue. An advert on an adult site cannot know whether it has been viewed by a 14 or 44 year old, and will pay up regardless - this is all that matters to most site owners.

There have been many discussions on this forum about children accessing undesirable content on the Web - use the search facility to search for terms such as child, children, kids etc.

Note that if you go to Google's home page and use the Preferences link, there is an option to filter search results to avoid undesirable content being returned.

See also click here

  Djohn 12:19 21 Feb 2003

I have mentioned this before, but worth another one. I typed a perfectly Innocent question into google, looking for a screen saver and it returned some very unsavory sites.

It is a concern for everyone, but remember if we start to filter out every other word of the english language, then soon search engines will not be able to do the job they have been designed for!

Curiosity will always tempt a child to have a look at something he/she should not see. Much better to explain and educate our children on how to avoid the worst of the seamy side of the www. and enjoy the vast benefits that the internet has brought us. Regards. J.

  Gaz 25 01:30 22 Feb 2003

click here


Should do the trick when your subscriptions out.

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