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Parental Control Programs Perform Poorly With Web 2.0 Sites

Postby TeMerc » Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:30 am

A survey by the European Commission has found that parental control programs aimed at keeping children safe online do not function well with Web 2.0 sites, smartphones or games consoles.

Although 84 percent of the software programs tested worked well with traditional home computers, they do not efficiently filter Internet content via mobile phones or games consoles -- this at a time when 31 percent of European youngsters access the Internet on their mobile phones and 26 percent go online via game consoles. In addition, content from Web 2.0 sources like social-networking sites, forums, blogs and instant messaging also frequently slipped through the safety net.

The study, published on Thursday, analyzed 26 parental control tools for PCs, three for games consoles and two for mobile phones. It also found that while software is good at filtering adult online content, there is still a one-in-five chance that unsuitable content, including sites promoting anorexia, suicide or self-mutilation, could pass through their filters.
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