- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 1, 2000

Books

"The Parent's Guide to Protecting Your Children in Cyberspace," by Parry Aftab, McGraw-Hill, 2000. This book, a road map for parents, covers the risks and rewards of the information highway.
"A Parent's Guide to the Internet," by Parry Aftab, SC Press, 1997. This is a user-friendly guide to understanding the Internet for non-tech types.
"Kids Online: Protecting Your Children in Cyberspace," by Donna Rice Hughes, Fleming H. Revell, a division of Baker Book House, 1998. This book takes a practical, easy-to-read approach to informing parents about the tools available for on-line safety.

Filtering software

The following software programs block out inappropriate sites or blacklist addresses known to lead to pornography and other undesirable material. They also allow parents to set up different profiles for each child, depending on their ages. The products were tested and reviewed by Cyberangels and were rated foolproof. The criteria for filtering can be found at www.familyguidebook.com.
Net Nanny 4 (www.netnanny.com) It monitors and provides a report of sites your child has visited. In testing, it did not block any good sites. It has been on the market the longest (since 1995).
SurfWatch 3.0 (www.surfwatch.com) In testing, it did not block any good sites.
Cybersitter 99 (www.cybersitter.com) In testing, it blocked one good site relating to drug education.

On line

These sites were listed in "The Parent's Guide to Protecting Your Children in Cyberspace." New sites can be found at www.familyguidebook.com as they are released:
Cyberangels (www.cyberangels.org/) has a list of approved sites reviewed by volunteers.
The Children's Partnership (www.childrenspartnership.org) provides Internet advocacy, information on health issues and equitable access to education and technology.
SurfMonkey Kid's Channel Cool Sites (http://parents.surfmonkey.com/).
Yahooligans The Web Guide for Kids (www.yahooligans.com/).
Lycos Directory of Internet Kids' Sites (http://dir.lycos.com/Home/Kids/).
Webcrawler Kids & Family Channel, with Children's TV Workshop Family Workshop Web site guide (http://webcrawler.com/ctw/).
Netscape Kids' Directory (http://directory.netscape.com/Home/Kids/).
Ask Jeeves for Kids (www.ajkids.com).
Public Broadcasting System's PBS Kids Online (www.pbs.org/kids).
Nickelodeon: (www.nick.com).
Sports Illustrated for Kids (www.sikids.com).
Time for Kids (http://pathfinder.com/TFK/).
National Geographic for Kids (www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/).
The Discovery Channel for Kids (www.discoverykids.com).
Fleet Kids (http://www.fleetkids.com) for kindergarteners to sixth-graders.
Chevron Kids (http:// www.chevronkids.com/).
Bonus (www.bonus.com) ages 3 to 13 has areas for games, imagination and exploration.
Freezone (www.freezone.com) ages 8 to 14 safe chat, discussion boards.
Headbone (www.headbone.com) ages 8 to 14 on-line profiles, buddy lists and monitored chat.
KidsCom (www.kidscom.com) ages 4 to 15 monitored chat, international pen-pal programs and games.
Lycos Zone (www.lycoszone.com) for kindergartners to eighth-graders.
Mamamedia (www.mamamedia.com) ages 5 to 12 formed by educators to teach children to explore, express and exchange ideas.
Zeeks (www.zeeks.com) ages 6 to 13 offers free filtering software.

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