Internet Content Filtering
Some websites contain indecent or obscene content
and are clearly not suitable for children and
young persons. There are software tools available
that can help filter out websites that are not
suitable for children, monitor your children's
online activities, and limit the amount of time
your child spends online. These software tools
filter out websites by compiling and updating
a database of objectionable websites. Software
vendors constantly update these databases.
The Office for Film, Newspaper and Article Administration
has a list of filtering
software for home computer users.
But these software tools are not foolproof. Proper
supervision and effective communication is also
needed. Parental guidance is still the most effective
means of protecting young people from objectionable
material on the Internet. Parents should spend
time with their children when surfing the Internet.
Content Filters on Regular Search Engines
Some search engines provide options for content
filtering in their settings. The filtering can
be a permanent or used on an as-needed basis e.g.
Yahoo!'s SafeSearch feature that is designed to
filter out explicit, adult-oriented content from
Yahoo! Search results. Google's SafeSearch screens
for sites that contain pornography and explicit
sexual content and information, and eliminates
them from search results.