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== Extensions == == Extensions ==
 +[http://www.glubble.com/ Glubble] - "Family Fun Browsing"
-The [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1803 ProCon extension] for Firefox provides a content blocking mechanism. It is suitable for blocking '''accidental''' visits to objectionable sites. It is not suitable for non-accidental visits because+The [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1803 ProCon] for Firefox provides a content blocking mechanism. It is suitable for blocking '''accidental''' visits to objectionable sites. It is not suitable for non-accidental visits because
*The filter is blunt, leaving many objectionable sites accessible and blocking access to non-objectionable sites *The filter is blunt, leaving many objectionable sites accessible and blocking access to non-objectionable sites
*It is very easily disabled *It is very easily disabled
*It only affects Firefox/Seamonkey and not other applications like MSN Messenger or Internet Explorer. *It only affects Firefox/Seamonkey and not other applications like MSN Messenger or Internet Explorer.
-=== Greasemonkey scripts ===+ 
 +== Greasemonkey scripts ==
There are several [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/748 Greasemonkey] scripts which can be used to filter out vulgar language. As with ProCon, this does not filter for other programs, and is easily disabled. There are several [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/748 Greasemonkey] scripts which can be used to filter out vulgar language. As with ProCon, this does not filter for other programs, and is easily disabled.

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Firefox and the Mozilla Suite do not feature built-in parental controls, content filtering, pornography blocking, or website blocking features. Thanks to the extension mechanism, however, you can add these yourself. Additionally, web filtering software is available which will filter the internet for any program on your computer.

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Extensions

Glubble - "Family Fun Browsing"

The ProCon for Firefox provides a content blocking mechanism. It is suitable for blocking accidental visits to objectionable sites. It is not suitable for non-accidental visits because

  • The filter is blunt, leaving many objectionable sites accessible and blocking access to non-objectionable sites
  • It is very easily disabled
  • It only affects Firefox/Seamonkey and not other applications like MSN Messenger or Internet Explorer.

Greasemonkey scripts

There are several Greasemonkey scripts which can be used to filter out vulgar language. As with ProCon, this does not filter for other programs, and is easily disabled.

Web Filtering Software

Many ISPs provide free parental control mechanisms. Contact your ISP for more information.

While no software can completely block all objectionable contact, third-party software exists that can provide a very high filter level. Some examples:

There are also a few sites which review the effectiveness of such filters:

Router Filtering

The most reliable filtering of content is done before it gets to your computer. If you have a broadband internet connection, then you can use a router with parental controls. This router would be placed between your cable/dsl modem and your computer. If you have multiple computers, they can all use the same router, so you need not purchase multiple copies. You may optionally purchase a 3rd party filtering service which the router can use -- for $30-40 annually.

Routers with parental filtering:

Other Solutions