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Summary

Parental controls such as the software we have discussed and the monitoring of e-mails, chat sessions, Web sites, and whatever else that you think might be necessary to protect your children can seem a bit excessive. Like anything you do, exercise moderation. For younger children, it is definitely necessary to monitor how they use the Internet and with whom they communicate.

For older children, education about the proper uses for the Internet and the dangers and pitfalls they face is probably your best solution. Technology solutions are just not comprehensive enough and cannot match the creativity and content of the Internet. It's just as easy to block a medical site as it is to block porn sites. Half the kids out there know more about the Internet and how to get around the weak controls of third-party software that are used to restrict access.


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