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Discussion in 'Bits & Bytes' started by Techie2000, Dec 4, 2002.

  1. Techie2000

    Techie2000 The crowd would sing:

    It was resisted, it was fought, but President Bush signed it into law. So now we have .kids. Will it be effective? Will it dud? Will anyone end up caring?
  2. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    What the hell is .kids?
  3. ditch

    ditch Downunder Member

    Any more clues available Techie?
  4. Advocat

    Advocat Viral Memes a Speciality Staff Member

    It's a new domain (ie, .com, .org, etc.)

    It may work, depending on how the domain will be awarded... only "approved" kid-friendly sites/organizations are supposed to have access to this. But then, .org was only supposed to go to non-profit organizations.
  5. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Hey, we are not making profits. ;)

    It COULD actually work nicely, IF it's done right.
  6. Coot

    Coot Passed Away January 7, 2010

    First thing that has to be done is to keep pedophiles from grabbing up all the names.
  7. ditch

    ditch Downunder Member

    Yes I hope the security aspects that are needed on a doamin such as this have been considered. While I'm sure they would have I'd be interested to know just what mesasure there are.
  8. Advocat

    Advocat Viral Memes a Speciality Staff Member

  9. limeygit

    limeygit Assume Sarcasm...

    I have always thought there should be a .adt, for adult, domain, for porn and the like, things that are without dispute aimed at those over 18.
    Then I would start moving adult sites to .adt domains. This would make it so much easier to allow simple filters for parents, schools etc, while still allowing these sites to exist and be freely available, to those who want to visit them...
  10. wapu

    wapu Veteran Member

    I like .XXX for the adult sites.

    .kids Now all the pedophiles can meet in one place. How will the Gov't be able to stop www.kkk.kids? It is a bad idea. The gov't should stay out of the morality business.

  11. Misu

    Misu Hey, I saw that.

    Limey, I think this is exactly why the adult sites do NOT want a prefix to seperate them from other kinds of sites - too easy to filter them out. And do you know how much money anyone linking to a porn site gets for redirecting traffic to an adult site? There are sites that just for the traffic offer 10 cents per hit - and they pay every month. They also pay 50 bucks for every new sign-up who was directed there from your site. It's big bidness.
  12. limeygit

    limeygit Assume Sarcasm...

    I know Misu, I know many people who made decent money from doing exactly that, particularly a few years ago. I am sure money is passing hands to politicans to help make sure it doesn't change...
  13. mikepd

    mikepd Veteran Member

    This could engender a false sense of security and cause more problems.

    The cyber equivalent of dropping the child off at a video arcade thinking the kid is going to be safe.

    So just because it has an approved top level domain name, parental invovement is no longer required?

    Parents have plenty of demands on their time. Most do not understand computers as well as their children. I can see the reasoning now. We use AOL, only tell them to use these new approved web sites, use blocking software that only lets them go to those sites, so they are safe-not!

    Parents need to stay in touch with what their children are doing. Keep the lines of communication open, be intersted in their activities and most of all, set the rules and act as parents not friends.
  14. valgore

    valgore Veteran Member

    EXACTLY!! there is no substitute for parental surpervision. when my kids were younger I had cyber patrol installed on the computer. it was a pain in the ass because it blocked a lot of sites they were allowed to go to. they always had to come to me to allow the site they wanted to visit and if I wasn't home they just had to wait till I got home. they weren't happy and I wasn't too thrilled with it either but I wasn't about to expose my kids to some of the crap that is out there.
  15. Techie2000

    Techie2000 The crowd would sing:

    I have to agree with you mike. When I was a wee little Techie, Daddy Techie and Mommy Techie (actually Mom isn't that techie) would not let me on the wild wild net without supervision. My first venture into the net was a Prodigy account. I basically surfed the web with a Prodigy browser. Went to the Fox Kids website, and would search Yahoo! for stuff that interested me. My parents made sure I knew not to go to the bad sites. Now as a Teen Techie(2000) (not to be confused with TeenTech from the other site...) I go on the net alone and my parents trust me. And no I don't go to porn sites or hack computers...
  16. mikepd

    mikepd Veteran Member

    It's not even the porn or the hacking (although the porn gets *way* out of hand with what's out there).

    The hate sites, racist, intolerance, venom spewing garbage is just amazing. This fills young impressionable minds with all the wrong information (if information is the word I should use).

    I am no prude by any stretch of the imagination. I do not believe in censorship as a matter of principle. But children are a special case. They do not have the experience, perspective to sift through what is real and what is patent nonsense. They also have not lived long enough to form their own independent views. They are far to malleable.

    There is a world of difference between a 16yo and a 26yo. Just as there is between a 6yo and a 16yo.

    Now I submit that 40 and 50 is simply that much closer to retirement! ;)


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