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)"
#18 Read this article.
Monday June 19th, 2000 8:07 AM
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This article (written in 1997 by Rebecca Eisenberg, probably the best journalist on the net) mostly applies to the available "net nanny"-style software, which is obviously far more foul, more evil, and more bigoted than this proposal.
However, some of the points it raises (about the inaccurate use of the word "protection", for instance) are still very valid.
(However, if we're talking about 6-year old children or whatever, I don't object as strongly to such censorship and parental control, so there is kind of a legitimate use for it.)