Here are some immediate answers to many of your initial questions about the Family Friendly Internet Filter. If we haven't answered your question here, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your question and we'll answer it right away.
A: The specific sites blocked by the filter are constantly being updated but the various categories that are being blocked include:
A: The primary purpose of the filter is to protect children. The single biggest risk to a child online is the use of outside chat and email accounts. As much as you may want to keep your children from viewing pornography and other unwanted web sites, looking at web pages has never physically hurt a child. However, uncontrolled access to chat and email can (and often does) kill a child. The only way sexual predators have to reach your child is through these two services.
A: Webmail is available even with the filter on if you use an email account provided by Hubris Communications. The goal here is to provide a single email account that you can know about and monitor. This email account also makes sure that all emails that reach your child are filtered for internet based viruses and worms. The only way to access chat sites with the filter is for you to enter the filter override password for the account. This will allow you to know when the child is using chat and allow you to monitor that usage.
A: We've considered having a "light" version of the filter to do just this. However, we feel very strongly that blocking some sites while leaving the most dangerous sites unblocked isn't a very good policy. It allows people to think they are being protected when in fact the most dangerous things to children online are not blocked at all. Leaving chat and webmail unblocked is also a provides the potential for the filter being bypassed by children. That which would normally be blocked can always be sent to them via chat or email and the filter would be bypassed.
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