Porn, lot's of it here, please click....

  ArrGee 23:18 05 Jul 07
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...because there is a lot of it on the web, and way too easily stumbled upon by younger eyes.

I'm contemplating buying a couple of my laptops for my 'elder' nephews (9 and 11).

If they can program a DVD recorder in 5 seconds flat, they'll have the same ability to find a porn site if they wish to, especially when egged on by their peers.

Let's not kid ourseleves, they will be curious, and they will find what ever they want.

We have some fairly good blockers available, but they seem to be quite substandard.

Yes, I have researched this to an extent, whilst constantly having to explain this to my wife (with a non-justified clip round the ear).

Bringing this post to a basic point, there must be a way of a browser recognising a range of skin-tones within a small area, hence recognising the picture being displayed as being porn, and thus blocked out.

Surely an browser add-on can't be that difficult to produce.

On my boring moments in the day, I use a browser add-on called 'Stumble-upon'.

It seems quite innocent, but I have come across pornographic images whilst 'Stumbling'.

Am I being Victorian?

  Kate B 00:01 06 Jul 07

Not unreasonable to want to keep your young nephews away from it, but in practice it's pretty difficult to do. On the recognising of skin tones, I used to work on the arts pages of a big newspaper and the corporate spam filter was forever blocking images we needed for the pages - perfectly legit images of paintings with nudes in them, that kind of thing.

You'll presumably be buying them laptops with Vista: I suggest you set them up with limited user accounts and explore the excellent parental controls that come with Vista. But at the end of the day, savvy kids of that age will find that stuff on the web if they're looking for it. I think you have to rely on their parents to supervise their internet use.

  Stuartli 00:08 06 Jul 07

Family portraits would attract similar results - or is that perhaps too simple to grasp?

Youngsters on computers are very resourceful so using software that restricts visiting certain types of websites is probably the best bet.

Regarding Stumbled Upon, the first time I demonstrated to a friend the powers of Google I asked him to suggest a subject.

His reply was Michelle Pffiffer. To my amazement - and a certain level of embarrassment - just four clicks of the mouse potentially led to a porn site.

  brundle 01:15 06 Jul 07

Not as advanced as skin-tone-recognition, but this DNS service is quite handy; click here - if you're using XP you can use Doug Knox' Security Console to disable further changes to the relevant settings. click here

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