Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cyber Censor Ratings System Lets Parents Keep Kids from Risque Net Sites Categories and Content of the Rating System

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cyber Censor Ratings System Lets Parents Keep Kids from Risque Net Sites Categories and Content of the Rating System

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What'll it be? Chaste romance, or explicit sex? Harmless conflict, or wanton and gratuitous violence?

The newest version of Microsoft's Web browser lets computer users be as nasty as they wanna be.

Internet Explorer 3.0 allows parents to decide exactly how much sex and violence they - and their children - can see while on the Internet. Users control four categories: violence, nudity, sex and language. They select settings in each category on a scale of 0 to 4 - 0 for the mildest content, 4 for the most extreme. Once the settings are adjusted, the Web browser will automatically filter out unacceptable sites. When a user tries to enter a prohibited site, this message appears: "Sorry! Content Advisor will not allow you to see this site. . . . If you want to see this site anyway, you must get somebody to type in the supervisor password." The ratings system was developed by the Recreational Software Advisory Council of Lexington, Mass., a nonprofit industry group formed to rate computer games and the Web. …

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