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Parent ignoring Net threat: survey

By Loa Iok-sin  /  STAFF REPORTER

The results of a survey released yesterday show that most parents are concerned about the content of Web sites that their children visit but few have taken measures to filter such content.

The National Communications Commission (NCC) sponsored the survey on the effects of the Internet content rating policy which was implemented about two years ago.

Survey results showed that, although parents' awareness of internet content has increased over the years, few have actually taken any action to safeguard their children.

"We actually introduced technology that could block any inappropriate Web site content before 2000? but it was a failure because no parent cared about the issue at the time," said Chen Chia-chun (程嘉君), chair of the Taiwan Internet Association, at a press conference yesterday.

The survey found that more than 80 percent of parents expressed concern about the contents of Web sites that their children visit.

However, only 16.2 percent of parents had installed Internet content filtering software, despite the fact that 55.1 percent of them would like to install such software.

Advocates of Internet content rating believed that lack of information was behind the discrepancy.

"A lot of them [parents] still don't know about it [Internet content filtering software] ? we still have a long way to go to promote it," said Beryl Chu (朱惠芬), chief executive officer of the Taiwan Internet Content Rating Promotion Foundation.

To combat the situation, solutions such as intensifying promotion efforts, developing more freeware and pre-installing filtering software on Internet browsers were recommended by advocates.

"I believe that after a while, internet content filtering software will be very common," she said.

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