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)"

#6 Why am I not surprised?

by mpt <>

Sunday June 18th, 2000 6:01 AM

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"... what is needed is software which examines each packet as it goes down the line".

Um, no. What is needed is wetware which examines each page as it comes up on the screen -- in the form of parents.

This is an interesting example of the extensibility of Mozilla, but it's not really worth anything more than that. The smaller a particular site is, the more boring it would be for a child to be confined within it. And the bigger a site is, the greater the chance that it will contain something which you think is `not for him'.

Letting your young child wander through the information superhighway by themselves is equivalent to letting them wander across a real highway by themselves. And technical `solutions' (such as this one) are never as good as the human ones.

The only effective solution to Doug's problem is to actually spend time with the child when he/she is on the Internet. And hey, if you do that, you might both learn something ...

-- mpt