Net Nanny - The intelligent filter smart enough to distinguish pornography, sexual health and adult mature topics

May 17, 2012 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology News
Net Nanny for Windows and Mac is undoubtedly the most intelligent filtering software. Working across different browsers and user accounts, it is so smart that it can tell between pornography, reproductive health content and adult mature topics. This is a very important feature for schools and learning institutions who have to teach and conduct research on reproductive health and other topics which may use words that are found in pornography, but themselves are not pornographic. A common example is the use of the word "breast" for cooking, cancer research and pornography. Net Nanny Administrators can allow, block, or warn users when they search for inappropriate content. The "warn" feature allows more mature users to make their own decisions while keeping administrators informed about the user's activity.

Recent lobbying by the ACLU to require public schools to remove parental control software, thereby allowing students access to positive, affirming information on LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) issues, has created quite a stir. In a nutshell, the ACLU is concerned that web filtering software is deliberately discriminating against LGBT-related content that is not sexually explicit or inappropriate. "There is no legitimate reason why any public school should be using an anti-LGBT filter," said Joshua Block, staff attorney at the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender Project. Fortunately for schools, Net Nanny's dynamic contextual analysis engine is the perfect solution. Net Nanny avoids blanket filtering by examining the context surrounding key terms, and blocking only content that is pornographic or inappropriate. By reading all the content on a page, Net Nanny distinguishes between valuable LGBT discussions for students, and content that is inappropriate.

Net Nanny is able to block many other categories as well, depending on desired control settings. The software filters 35 categories including gambling, alcohol, tobacco, hate speech, porn, vulgar language and swear words. Additional content and keywords can be customized for filtering, depending upon the administrator's needs. The easy-to-install software comes with the popular filter categories already activated by default, making it filter-ready from the start. Net Nanny also reads instant messages and will block inappropriate chat room conversations; it, scans video games to ascertain the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating and will block games from launching according to administrator settings.

Institutions using Net Nanny can rest assured that they can offer appropriate Internet use in their schools, while monitoring or curbing activity. Net Nanny believes the Internet is a powerful tool for information and its value in learning cannot be over-emphasized. However, there is need to protect children from exposure, whether by accident or curiosity, to unwanted material on the Internet. Using smart contextual filtering, Net Nanny is the best way schools can comply with the ACLU's recommendation and still keep their students safe. And because Net Nanny offers a solution for Windows, Mac and Android, households and schools can know their children are protected on most all devices.

This press release distributed by ROI.