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Parental control software: child protection programs on the Internet
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Parental control software: child protection programs on the Internet

Parenting Editor: There are lots of questions on parental control programs. Could you tell us what exactly they consist of?

L.C: Parental control programs block certain images, particularly pornographic ones, but they might also offer other features such as restricting the connection time, creating a blacklist of sites which are forbidden for children, or for very young children, and creating a list of sites which the child can go on.

Is child protection software designed for all ages or are there specific programs for certain age groups?
L.C: There are an enormous number of programs available, some will allow you to adapt the program to the age of the child, but it's up to you nevertheless to set your own rules. You should think about the features you want to set before choosing one.

I’ve heard that parental control programs don’t work properly - is that true?
L.C: This is likely a question of settings, some will be more effective than others. There is a website which tests them twice a year and indicates the effectiveness and settings available. The site is

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