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Name: Tarri
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Date: Around 1995


Question:
Can we limit the resources on Internet that can come into a school? For example Newton, Best K-12, etc. and not the other resources. Cable TV has an option to lock-out certain channels for the home user. Can schools do the same?



Replies:
"Anything is possible" with a computer. But that also means students can often find ways around any locks you might try to put on. The best way to do things is probably to enforce only a restricted interface to the outside world - create a menu that only has the options "newton", etc. The other thing you can do (if you can find somebody to do it) is to put a filter on the incoming data that looks for certain keywords (anything to do with sex for example?) and either blocks it or notifies a teacher by e-mail or something like that. I am not aware of any commercial services that do this, but it sounds like a good idea so somebody probably is already selling it - ask your local software store (first see if they have a clue about the internet).

A Smith


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