Cybertimes, May 12, 1999

Two recent surveys point to an increase in the use of Internet filtering software being installed by parents and by schools on computers that children use.

One survey of 403 teachers found that 58 percent of the respondents said Internet filtering was active in their schools; only 38 percent said so in last year’s survey.

A study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania reported that nearly one third of homes with Internet access employed some method of filtering Internet content on home computers.

Companies that create filtering software say interest in Internet blocking has spiked since the Littleton, Colo., school shootings in April.

There are critics of this software, however, who say that filtering Internet access is an imprecise science that often blocks access to legitimate educational and informational sites.