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Protecting Kids Online... A Freebie For Schools

Boot Camp feature for Thursday, October 14, 1999

Protecting kids online. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. Whether it is at home, at school, or both....most kids have access to the Internet today. And that can be a pretty dangerous place if they are unsupervised. A company called Dotsafe is one of the latest to offer a filtered Internet service for the home...and is offering access to schools across the country for free. Dotsafe CEO Robert Maynard...

"The schools are bound because they can't get it in their budget fast enough, they don't have the technical expertise to do it, their system administrators are already overloaded. We said, you know what, we built this network, it's powerful, we're going to do it. And we're going to do it no strings attached. We'll never put advertising on the portal for the kids, we'll never put advertising in their email, we will not ever ask the schools to buy anything from us."

Dotsafe has local access numbers around the country...and household accounts run the typical 19.95 a month. You can find more information at dotsafe.com. When you're looking for sites that are safe for your family, pick up Jean Armour Polly's Internet Kids and Family Yellow Pages... The author spent 16 years as a public librarian...

"So I knew the types of things kids needed for school and that's how I select my sites. I look for things with authority. Things that are current and have a date on them and also things that are fun and that I really like."

The fourth edition ...the Millenium edition...is in bookstores now.