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Filtering out objectionable content



Many parents express concerns about the type of content that their children can view through the internet. Although Quad-Cities OnlineŽ does not offer any filtering software on our server, there are a variety of services and standards available on the WWW for filtering out objectionable content from a web browser. Keep in mind, however, that none of them are fail safe and the only sure solution is proper education of your children.

RSACi



The Recreational Software Advisory Council on the Internet has established a standard of ratings which web site authors may enable on their sites. These ratings are measured in four areas: sex, language, nudity, and violence.



If the web site you are viewing is rated with RSACi it contains a value from 0 to 4 measuring the severity of its content in those areas. In order to make use of these ratings you, the viewer, must enable your web browser's content advisory settings. In these settings you specify the severity of the content you will allow to be seen. If you go to a web site with ratings that are higher than your tolerance levels, it cannot be viewed without entering a password that you set.



Although this is one of the best filtering solutions available, there are a few caveats. At the time of this writing the only browser that contains the RSACi settings is Internet Explorer. Netscape has stated that its next major browser version will contain the filtering capability. Also, the filtering will only work properly if the author of the web site you are viewing has made the voluntary effort to rate his or her pages - which many have not.



The RSACi standard is growing in popularity, however, and most major web sites have already rated themselves with it. For more detailed information, as well as instructions on enabling filtering in your web browser, go to the RSACi home page at www.rsac.org.

Software packages



Some companies produce commercial software packages that run on your computer and attempt to block unwanted content from reaching the viewer. They accomplish this by various means such as scanning the text of a page for objectionable words or comparing the site's address to a database of black-listed locations.



None of these packages are foolproof to every situation, but some may find them a better alternative to the RSACi system mentioned above. The following is a short list of filtering programs available on the internet. You can find others by doing a search on subjects such as content filtering or child safety in your favorite search engine.





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  Today is Thursday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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