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Parental Control Software

Looking for parental control over what your kids see?

Our guest blogger Imani Peterson has a new find to share with readers of AmericanInventorSpot.com.

Imani is the webmaster of several sites, including Shirtgroups.com and believes the internet is to be molded at will. He is also a graphic designer and a music producer who is currently working with an artist for a future release.

Here's his article:

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I have a new free tool to let you in on software designed to protect your children from explicit internet content. This is something anyone who has children around should reada about try.

Unfortunately, today's internet is filled with all types of explicit content wherever you turn. It's not just porn sites you have to be careful of anymore. Even advertisements can be explicit making the challenge of protecting you children that much harder.

When I was a child the internet wasn't around for the general public to use. I can't sit my niece and nephew on my lap and say, "When we were kids we had to walk three miles to use a computer and they were as big as an oven and were made out of wood." Or "In my day we had to get up to manually navigate from one site to another because the mouse hadn't been invented yet." The older and younger generations are learning about the internet and the technology that it brings together at the same time. There is no past to follow beyond a few short years. Many of today's youth are the ones teaching their parents about this stuff but they are our children and we must lead them.

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The non-profit organization WRAAC.org has just released The Parental Control Bar for Windows, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 and higher. It is a free parental control toolbar that can be activated and de-activated by password that blocks sexually explicit content, nudity, violence, strong language, chat rooms and message boards. The summer is here and many of us will have our children or family members' children at home with us, so this is a necessity.

You can also manually put in web addresses you don't want them to visit or use it to restrict their play time on the computer.

Visit WRAAC.org to download a free copy of this parental control toolbar. Use this tool along with a child friendly search engine such as Yahooligans and exercise your parental control online.

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Comments
Jul 30, 2006
by Matt Wood (not verified)

Grrr....

**Teen Rebel Wants To Rebel... Parental Control Won't Let Him**

The problem that I find with most parental controls are they block some strange stuff.... Anyways, I've never had a parental control put on me, but I guess that's because I've been mature enough to avoid and handle stuff for a while now......

And because I've only had internet since I was like 13.

Jul 30, 2006
by Matt (not verified)

P.S. I teach my parents

P.S. I teach my parents everything....

Even Calculus.

Jul 31, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Now, Matt, aren't you exaggerating just a bit????

You certainly do not teach your parents "everything". Isn't there a saying something to the effect that the older you get, the smarter your parents seem to be???? I bet your parents also tried to teach you not to tell lies or tall tales.

Aug 1, 2006
by Matt (not verified)

To Anonymous

I was being sarcastic... Sorry if that wasn't clear.

I learned almost everything I know from my parents. They both admit, though, that they don't know where where I got my ability to write... They both say they can't write very well.

But yes, I learned everything from my parents. And parental control is a good idea. Just because my parents never used it doesn't mean most parents shouldn't use it, because they should.

Great article, Imani.

Aug 1, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Isn't this the site where the written words are taken

LITERALLY????? (I know you were being sarcastic; so was I.)

Oct 11, 2008
by Anonymous

Parental Control Bar for Firefox 3

My kids and I both used IE and Firefox. I've just downloaded WRACC's Parental Control Bar in IE. Does it work the same with Firefox 3? And also, my kids and I have different accounts with passwords, since I am the administrator and I've downloaded the Parental Control Bar in my account, would it also appear in their accounts as well?. Would I still have the control on the mode without having to access their own accounts?