How effective is filtering or
monitoring software at preventing children from seeing
offensive material on the Internet?
No filtering software is going to be completely reliable, but it has become quite sophisticated and most of the programs have many options so that parents can adjust the filtering to meet their own personal standards or adjust options for children at different ages. There are many different types of filtering software. They each work slightly different. Some software may be better for younger children and some software may be easier for people without much computer knowledge. Parents should review available software and decide what best fits their needs for their family's situation.
Jodie Lawton, Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009