|| for Parents
Being a compendium of links to sites and pages in the World Wide Web that
are likely to be of interest or of use to parents. This is an Award-winning site.
(New links added frequently. Additional pointers welcome.)
This is an Award-winning site. The
icons and descriptions were moved to awards.html to make this page load faster.
This is an ongoing compilation of pointers to things that might be of use to
parents with access to the Web. You should also take a look at Interesting Places for Kids, but please read the
- Parents differ in the degree to which they try to protect their kids
from various aspects of reality, including strong language, violence,
beliefs and opinions contrary to their own, and so on. I am not
particularly protective. Thus, since I maintain
Interesting Places for Kids primarily for the benefit of my
daughter Katy (age 12), parents should keep in mind that the pointers it
contains are used by a child who asks her mother to cook rabbit stew on
Easter, and whose idea of fun video fare includes both Power Rangers
and Hamlet. (Which is more violent is left as an exercise for the
In general, parents should be aware that there are effectively no
state or national boundaries on the Internet. Depending on where you
are, it may or may not be legal for you to import chewing gum, export
cryptography software, smoke cigarettes in public, or make comments
opposing the policies of your local government.
Once you give your children access to the World Wide Web, there is no
way to prevent them from seeing things that may upset or confuse them,
offend you, be forbidden by your local government, or contradict their
or your cherished beliefs. Even looking over their shoulders may not
work. Don't say I didn't warn you. (Some filtering services are
becoming available, so this is changing.)
In general, kids are mostly inclined to be sensible. If they see
something uninteresting, they'll say ``Yuck!'' and click the
back button. In any case they are unlikely to run into
anything on the Web that's nearly as disturbing as what they can see on
TV network news.
I do provide a page of Notes, Advice and Warnings,
with links where I think they are appropriate. Several other sites
have started making links to it, and I welcome comments and suggestions on the
subject. Additional pointers to net safety- and censorship- related
sites is here. Fairly soon I intend
to make paper copies available.
C. Steel says it best:
- The only long term answer is to educate your children about
pornography, hate-literature, etc. so that when they come across
it, they'll know how to react. The only software you can be
sure they'll be running is the stuff you install between their
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that this page was set up back in the days of dialup, when it made sense
to put most of the content behind a link to make the main page load fast.
Last modified: Sun Aug 8 08:49:52 1999
Copyright © 1999, Stephen R. Savitzky.
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Stephen R. Savitzky <steve@theStarport.org>
343 Leigh Ave. / San Jose, CA 95128