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Old 12-05-2002, 09:30 PM   #1
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Default New kids only domain on the horizon kids.us tld


I just don't know wether it will work, I just can't see enough people wanting to take them up with all the restrictions imposed.
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Much thanks for the post

Yea, this restriction is going to be tough:

"The act says that Web site with a kids.us address cannot post hyperlinks to locations outside of the kids.us domain. It also prohibits chat and instant messaging features, except in cases where a site operator can guarantee the features adhere to kid-friendly standards developed for the domain."

I like the idea as parents of "kids" should have and certainly need more guidence in where their offsprings surf

Point your browser to:

w w w . geekvillage.kids.us
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Old 12-05-2002, 10:50 PM   #3
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that is a link for more information on the act, although the actual act that was passed does not appear to be online yet, so we can't see a list of full restrictions that will apply to the domain tld.

note: this may be the actual thing that was passed but I don't know alot about american goverment sites


from the link above

" `(5) SUITABLE FOR MINORS- The term `suitable for minors' means, with respect to material, that it--

`(A) is not psychologically or intellectually inappropriate for minors; and

`(B) serves--

`(i) the educational, informational, intellectual, or cognitive needs of minors; or

`(ii) the social, emotional, or entertainment needs of minors.'."

I wonder how they decide what fits in within these boudries as it will be different for every parent and child.

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Old 12-06-2002, 01:20 AM   #4

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I wonder how they decide what fits in within these boudries as it will be different for every parent and child.
True, but usage habits will vary according to the differing parent-child relationships that exist.

For example, many parents will likely feel that this effort, however noble (albeit commercial), imposes too many restrictions on a child's viewing spectrum by effectively blocking them not only from .edu and .gov domains, but from countless millions of online documents, cognitive activities, games and the like that are entirely safe for minors. In which case, a parent might decide that NetNanny or similar, in conjunction with COPPA and supervised or semi-supervised use is more than enough control.

As a slight aside, keep in mind that several groups have been pushing for a .kids gTLdomain for the best part of a decade now, but ICANN and others never found the varying proposals feasible. This latest effort will only succeed if enough publishers are attracted to what is essentially a sub-domain space, and are sincere in their efforts to self-regulate their adherance to these guidelines.

It will be interesting to see how the new space is received, and whether the various content filtering software plays will choose to respond competitively, or will instead attempt to strike up a relationship with NeuStar to assist in the screening of .kids.us content.

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