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)"

#12 The nature of the internet

by drwho9437

Sunday June 18th, 2000 2:46 PM

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The one rule of the internet is that it CAN'T be controlled. You can't stop things like Napster and you can't stop what people look at online. Not with software at least. The kids could just install another browser. So the only software solution would to build it right into the OS but I would hate the feeling that Microsoft or any other company for that matter could find out what I or my kids where looking at just look at the whole real player thing. I mean it is just a bad idea. Bottom line the internet is the real world in a mirror don't let your kids into it until they are ready to be in the world or you can trust them not to do "bad" things online.