Electronic Frontiers Georgia
The EFG Education Working Group
Cyberspace can be a strange and confusing place to even the most avid of
users. It is a realm that can not be defined by physical boundaries, and is
virtually impossible to be regulated by any single entity. Though cyberspace
may seem to be, a lawless land, filled with rogue hackers and pornography, the
Internet's positive attributes far outweigh it's negative perception.
This page was set up to help you understand the basics of the Internet,
answer any questions, and dispel any fears that you may have.
What is there to learn?
On the Internet, there are some basic rules of etiquette that should be
observed, dubbed Netiquitte (Internet etiquette). Netiquette has been developed
over the years as a way to make the Internet a more pleasant place. Here are a
few links we think anyone new to the Internet should follow.
How did the Internet come about?
The Internet is a relatively new phenomenon It grew out of an experiment
begun in the late sixties by the U.S. Department of Defense. They wanted to
create a computer network that would continue to function in the event of a
disaster such as a nuclear war. If part of the network were damaged or
destroyed, messages could still be transported over the rest of the network.
The network they constructed was dubbed ARPANET, which linked U.S. scientific
and academic researchers together. ARPANET is the basis for today's vast
In 1985, a new network was devised by the National Science Foundation called
NSFNET, a collection of independent networks interconnected for research and
educational communications. NSFNET started a national service, based on
ARPANET, provided free to U.S. research and educational institutions. These
institutions and researchers then linked their own networks with the
"backbone" provided by NSFNET.
Soon NSFNET drew the attention of private entities such as MCI and Sprint
who linked their own networks to NSFNET.
The National Science Foundation was responsible for the creation of the
InterNIC, which is now owned by AT&T
Corp. and Network Solutions Inc. The InterNIC is the repository for the network
addresses that enable transmission, such as your E-mail to be sent from one
system to another.
Is the Internet safe for my Children ?
The Internet, like the real, world has its good parts and its bad. The
Internet promotes literacy and higher learning, but unfortunately as everywhere
else, there are the few who try to take advantage of others.
The Internet provides an abundance of very good resources for your children.
The list below is only a fraction of available places for education and
recreation on the Internet.
A good page to check out if you are concerned about your children is
Larry Magid's Kids Page. The
best advise for parents, is to teach your children basic common sense
practices, such as not to give out your name, phone number, or address.
Pornography can be a concern for parents. Pornography it is not something
accidentally stumbled upon. It must be sought by the user. Keeping your
children from viewing pornography is not difficult. There are numerous software
programs that filter content you do not wish your children to view.
Here are a few links to obtain these filtering programs:
- Surf Watch is an exceptional filter
for the Internet.
- Bess, The Internet Retriever offers
filtered Internet access for children, families, and organizations.
- Cyber Patrol is an Internet filter
utility that allows parents and teachers to control access children have to
- CYBERsitter is designed
to filter and block adult oriented material, graphics and language from
Internet news-groups, chat areas, World Wide Web pages and e-mail
- GroupLens applies collaborative filtering techniques to Usenet news and
other Internet resources.
- Net Nanny protects your
children, by monitoring and blocking various inappropriate sites and subject
matter that YOU deem unacceptable.
- Net Shepherd Democratically rates and
filters Web sites and selectively supervises access. It provides parents with
the ability to filter documents viewed by their children.
- Snag - Secure Net Access Guardian is a
flexible and configurable Internet monitoring and control program. It monitors,
logs and selectively restricts access to WWW, FTP, Telnet & Gopher Sites.
- WebFilter is
an extension to Cern's httpd web server which allows you to filter out annoying
parts of web pages that you regularly visit.
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