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Safe Surfing


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Want your kids to be able to surf the Net for games and homework help without running into smut and stalkers? Well, so do the owners of Two Dog Net, a Pleasanton-based company that developed The Children’s Internet (TCI), a service that restricts children to safe sites only.

Two Dog Net won PC Magazine’s 2004 Editor’s Choice Award for developing a kid-friendly browser. Children can log on for access to sites chosen by a team of educators. Only adults with an authorized password can venture outside authorized sites.

If you’re not a subscriber to TCI, here are Two Dog Net’s quick tips for keeping all kids safe online.

➊ Supervise: Know where your children are surfing. Never assume that something that looks kid-safe, is. If it doesn’t have a logo or a trademark, it might not be legitimate.

➋ Talk to your kids: Stranger dangers are real. The U.S. Customs Service estimates that more than 100,000 Web sites offer child pornography worldwide. Children should never give out personal information online.

➌ Blockers: There are countless parent-controlled blockers available. A Google search for "blocking and filtering" pulls up a number of helpful sites.

For more information, go to www.childrensinternet.com.

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