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The Miss America Kid Safe Web Browser Debuts Today


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#1 BlackSpyder

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 12:25 AM

While browsing my local news I came across this little jewel. Frankly Im not sure if it serves any purpose as I cannot try it (nor would I want to after reading about it).

http://www.missamericakids.com-the browser
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Posted 04 October 2007 - 08:44 AM

Well,

the Children's Educational Network, Inc. is behind it, too.


At least someone is trying to protect children.


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Posted 04 October 2007 - 01:48 PM

How does it prevent a said child from going to Start > Run > iexplorer.exe and just running Internet Explorer instead of the "Kid-Safe" browser. Unless it has some safety precautions I can think about a few ways around this.

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 04:11 PM

I dont know Yano. Frankly, I think for a parent of small girls it may be of some use. I would like to know more about it but the Idea of Miss America spouting off random trivia as I search the internet (all approx. 11,000 sites it allows you to go to) kind of turns me off on the browser. Never the less i suspect the girlfriend will give it a go whether she wants to or not.

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 01:39 AM

I dont care how kid safe it is anything that has an animation of miss America on it isn't going near my hard drive

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 09:10 AM

<rant>
Ok, first of all whoever designed their websites needs to be shot. Now.

Secondly, I agree with JacksonT in that having Miss America jabbering away through the internet is not going to be (any longer) coming near my computer.

Third, this is nagware. They want to save the children, but could you spare a couple of bucks, buddy? And don't forget to register!

Fourth. What the hell, man! Google is blocked, Yahoo is blocked, CNN is blocked, Microsoft is blocked, The Onion is blocked, my friggin' blog is blocked! If you want your child to be a drooling moron, then this is the browser for you.

Fifth, this is not even a real browser. It opens a special IE (or Firefox) window lacking any menus, address bar, etc. and loads their customized ASP page from their server. If they ever go under or decide to stop the service, you've got a worthless piece of software, bub. Plus, I hate Flash with a passion bordering on murderous rage. It's fine if you're serving up videos but don't base your entire webpage/pseudo-web browser on it. It sucks for that. Ever wonder why Adobe/Macromedia doesn't have a flash-based site? Because they know better!

Plus, what Yano said is absolutely right. There is nothing keeping the dear child from starting up IE. In fact, this pseudo-browser depends on IE being readily accessible (as I mentioned above). It doesn't even attempt to hide the IE icon on the desktop.

This may be an okay app for 0-6 year olds, but not older. besides, when you 0-6 you shouldn't be on the computer unsupervised anyhow.
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Posted 14 October 2007 - 04:27 PM

Uh, I'm not necessarily supporting it, but...

Of course Google and Yahoo are blocked. What good would a "parental control" support site be if it gave kids direct access to Google and Yahoo?

Much of "The Onion" isn't appropriate for children.

Heck, I suspect most (hopefully all) of the porn sites are blocked, too. But then, isn't that the whole idea?

I'm not saying it is great, but it may be better than nothing in some situations.


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