Thursday June 15th, 2000
Doug Turner writes, "I am on my paternity leave and I get this idea. I want a way that I can set my son down in front of Mozilla (when he is old enough), and make sure that he can not go to any site that I think are not for him.
"I know that there are a bunch of programs that do this like 'cyber-babysitter' or whatever, but they have two problems: (a) they are doing the rating instead of me, and (b) domains pop up faster than these pieces of software can keep up with.
"So the idea is to have a button on Mozilla that will lock the navigator to a paticular domain/website. I have a proof of concept working now. It is missing a few things but it is a start. Check it out... (requires Mozilla)"
#1 Wrong Aproach, Try This Instead
Saturday June 17th, 2000 10:52 PM
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Ban software will NEVER be effective, as the net grows faster than any organization can index it. Every year, a smaller and smaller percentage of the net is actually indexed by search engines (it's now arround 15%), so you see, banning sites is a doomed approach.
Instead, (and this is bassed on some feasability work I just did for an ethics class) I suggest you alter your approach so that the "Protected" mode works on a disallow-by-default approach.
This means you ADD allowed sites (a pain in the ass, but this WORKS, and the other aproach does not). So in the "Unprotected" mode, the button would be a "Permitted" button, and it would add the current site to the permitted list.
With a little extra hacking, the "Protected" mode browser could have a "Request" option on the pop-up menu, so that when you logged on in the "Unprotected" mode, you could review links that the kid had requested access to, and allow them if you wanted to.
Think about the numbers involved, and you will see that I am right.