Safe Browsing for the Next Generation

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Safe Browsing for the Next Generation

Postby jhammond » Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:46 am

What if our children could sit down to use the internet and parents could know that only "Strength for Youth" approved content was accessible? The church has plenty of IT talent and a vested interest in protecting the next generation of church members from the filth that flows on the information highway.

I think it would be excellent for the church to offer either a third party application parents could install or a browsing framework (pseudo-firewall) or even an ISP/ISP-like service that members could access. This service would provide the filtering mentioned, perhaps modeled after the meeting house protections levels or something appropriate for education minded youth. I would compare this to the BYU channel. You can turn on the BYU channel and KNOW that nothing your child sees there will harm them spiritually. What if the same could be said for a portal to the internet.

This would represent a significant cost to the church, I'm guessing, but well worth it if you consider all of the cost in failed marriages and families that are accruing due to internet pollution. As a parent of five children, I can tell you that the free access to addictive material on-line is one of my greatest fears for my children. I'm sure they can conquer every other challenge that comes their way. For now it's up to me to be vigilant but I think the church could really help here.

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Postby Aczlan » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:05 am

The problem is that nothing is foolproof. I work with libraries and their internet filtering. While we can filter quite a bit at the firewall level by forcing Google Safe Search and not allowing patrons to use other DNS servers, it can still be bypassed fairly easily.
While the most effective filter resides between one's ears, I would highly recommend something like K9 (which my parents use) on each computer for filtering as well as running Firefox with Adblock Plus. Adblock Plus will get rid of 90% of the advertisements out there on the web (many of which are not so good).

On the firewall level, if you use something like Dyn for your DNS server, you can use their very effective filtering.

If you want to guarantee only "Strength for Youth approved content" you will need a whitelist filtering system and that severely limits where you can go online.
See: http://www.guardureyes.com/GUE/Filters/FilterInfo.asp for a good summary of the filtering options available

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Postby kisaac » Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:35 am

jhammond wrote:What if our children could sit down to use the internet and parents could know that only "Strength for Youth" approved content was accessible? The church has plenty of IT talent and a vested interest in protecting the next generation of church members from the filth that flows on the information highway.

Welcome to the forum!

I suspect this is one of those items you will never see. The church cannot protect us from the evils of the world, and indeed, on a very basic level, one could say it should not.

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Postby marianomarini » Tue Nov 29, 2011 12:20 pm

kisaac wrote:Welcome to the forum!

I suspect this is one of those items you will never see. The church cannot protect us from the evils of the world, and indeed, on a very basic level, one could say it should not.

The first ONE was Geova in the premortal life!
The only thing we can do is preventing the unwilling contents.
This require personal involvement into the process and not delegate to others, church included.
But we can accept the jhammond request including Internet security class into church programs or activities.
This way any member can setup his own and/or their children security policy.

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Postby russellhltn » Tue Nov 29, 2011 12:32 pm

Any useful discussion of "safe browsing" will have to include how to protect mobile devices. It appears to me that smartphones are quickly becoming the "norm" and not the exception.
Have you searched the Wiki?
Try using a Google search by adding "site:tech.lds.org/wiki" to the search criteria.

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Postby crislapi » Tue Nov 29, 2011 3:02 pm

Perhaps one day they will consider it, but there are currently options, both free and for purchase, that can be used to filter internet content. Some of these have been discussed previously on this forum. See the following threads:
https://tech.lds.org/forum/showthread.php?3099-Why-internet-filtering-can-be-a-bad-idea
https://tech.lds.org/forum/showthread.php?323-Recommending-Internet-Filters-to-Church-Members


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