Knowing this to be true, how it is that there is no rating system for internet use like we have for motion pictures? And why is there no software available in the marketplace that differentiates between what is appropriate online content for our children, and what is not?
No Rating System for the Internet
Presently, there is no rating system in place that restricts internet use by age, similar to the motion picture industry, which has ratings of G, PG, PG-13, and R. Furthermore, an internet rating system is not likely to be established anytime soon. The oversight involved with an internet rating system, with the internet ever-changing and growing exponentially each day in many different ways, would make this a formidable, if not impossible, task. A rating system has to be enforced at the point of entry and the only way to do that is through a dynamic software platform and/or parental oversight.
Filtering Systems are Inadequate
Filtering software is readily available in today’s marketplace to help restrict your child’s unfettered access to the internet, but is primarily inadequate for the following reasons:
- Filtering systems are designed as censorship products, and as such, block inquiries, instead of providing complete age-appropriate results.
- Filtering systems are by process, one-size-fits-all, regardless of the age of the user.
- The minute the filtering systems are downloaded, they immediately become dated, as the constant flow of new information and added sites require real-time monitoring, and filtering systems predominantly need to be updated manually.
- Filtering systems can seldom be overridden, so sites involving sex education, anatomy, and Super Bowl XXX may not be available…even for your child’s homework.
So where can one get access to a platform that differentiates content based on the age of the user and does not use a filtering system? The KidWideWeb is the only company to address these failings, providing parents a solution with its award-winning software and its patent-pending technology. There are many sites on the internet that are dedicated to hacking into filter products, so if your child wants to circumvent the filter system, he doesn’t have to look far to get a solution. The KidWideWeb, however, integrates itself at the operating system level, so attempts to hack the system will cause the internet to break, figuratively, until the system is reset, keeping the children from accessing inappropriate content. The KidWideWeb platform is in its final stages of development and has created a crowdfunding site through Indiegogo to raise the necessary funds to complete the software. Please visit our site where you can pre-order our software, contribute what you can, or just spread the word. http://www.indiegogo.com/KidWideWeb