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Free ParentalControl Bar Released
September 19, 2006 – Free Speech Coalition member WRAAC.org, a not for profit organization, has developed and introduced the "ParentalControl Bar”. The ParentalControl Bar is a simple, powerful tool developed to help parents shield children from sexually explicit websites. Although no system is ever perfect and no one can guarantee that all unwanted websites would be blocked, parents will be able to more effectively control the types of websites their children access with this and other end-user filtering tools.
Since its launch in beta this summer, over 17,000 households have downloaded the Parental Control Bar without any significant advertising efforts, according to CNET.com. Several substantial adult-content Internet sites have already linked to its CNET download page from their website Warning Pages.
"We support the use of end-user filtering tools,” stated Michelle Freridge, Executive Director of the FSC. "These tools allow the consumer to decide what is appropriate and not appropriate for themselves and their children, rather than relying on the government or third party to make such personal moral decisions."
“We have received many positive emails from parents around the world supporting the concept of free parental controls,” says Jeff Young, WRAAC President. Jeff Young went on to state: "We simply label the content and nature of the most popular websites on the internet. This data (together with a simple, free browser filtering tool) empowers parents to make their own decision on the forms of content that enters the home. Our mission is to build the world’s most simple, effective filtering software and distribute it for free.”
“WRAAC has donated substantial time and resources to making this project a reality. The adult Internet community (not to mention internet users generally) stands to benefit substantially from its efforts,” commented Lawrence G. Walters, Esq., a leading expert in the field and a member of the Free Speech Coalition Internet Committee. Walters went on to state, “The time has come for action in regards to labeling. The industry cannot afford to wait another second, given the current political climate. If webmasters are fortunate enough to dodge the bullet of mandatory labeling legislation this session, it must demonstrate that it has the issue well in hand before the government decides its fate, next term.”
The Free Speech Coalition is the trade organization of the adult entertainment industry. Its mission is to safeguard the industry from oppressive governmental regulation and to promote good business practices within the industry.