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Types of Safety Tools


Protective software generally offers six types of "actions": suggest, search, monitor, inform, warn, or block. I've described in detail and provided practical application with examples, the types of tools available to protect children online.

    1. Action: Suggest
    White List: Suggested and/or approved sites for children.
    Suggested List for Open System: White list of sites, not contained within a secure system, approved for children.
    Suggested List for Closed System: White list of sites, protected within a closed, secure system and approved for children.

    2. Action: Search
    Internet search engines are software programs that allow users to enter a query and search all the indexed content that matches that query, using a string of words or phrases.

    3. Action: Monitor
    Some products and services monitor and track only incoming communications, while others log both incoming and outgoing communications.

    4. Action: Inform
    Some inform tools are designed to provide information about content whenever a user begins to access that content.

    5. Action: Warn
    Like tools that inform, warning tools provide information about content.

    6. Action: Block/Filter
    Blocking/filtering software prevents children from accessing inappropriate content. Blocking/filtering software can be categorized as server-based or end-user solutions.

Customizing Tools

Internet blocking/filtering tools have a large range of customization options including:
  • the ability to allow approved sites (white lists) and block unapproved sites (black lists)

  • the targeting of key words and/or phrases to trigger actions

  • the designation of whole categories of content to allow or block

  • the choice of whether inappropriate content should trigger a block, a warning message, a log entry, or other actions

  • the capacity to make different configurations for different children in your household

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