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Definition Edit

Parental control software refers to software “developed to help parents control the material that may be available on a home computer with Internet access."[1]

How it works Edit

A system may either limit a computer's access to an approved list of sources that have been identified as containing no adult material, it may block designated inappropriate sites, or it may attempt to block messages containing identifiable objectionable features. "Although parental control software currently can screen for certain suggestive words or for known sexually explicit sites, it cannot now screen for sexually explicit images." Nevertheless, the evidence indicates that "a reasonably effective method by which parents can prevent their children from accessing sexually explicit and other material which parents may believe is inappropriate for their children will soon be available."[2]

References Edit

  1. Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, 521 U.S. 844, 854-55 (1997) (full-text), quoting American Civil Liberties Union v. Reno, 929 F. Supp. 830, 844 (3d Cir. 1996) (citations omitted).
  2. Id.

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