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We went on a hike today to a lovely area just north of where I live. We're learning about the Canadian Shield in Geography, and it actually starts about twenty minutes north of me (we're in the Great Lakes Lowlands), so we saw the transition and then hiked up a big rock. It was breathtaking.

But before we left for the hike I went on google to search for the trail. I entered the name of the town, the province, and the word hiking, and got a search result that looked like it was perfect. I clicked on it and graphic pornography showed up. It had obviously been hijacked.

I almost asked my 13-year-old to do the search for me. Am I ever glad that I didn't!

So here's my question: what do I do to prevent this in the future? Can you? Does something like Net Nanny protect even when a site has been hijacked?

And is Net Nanny good? We were using MSN with its parental controls, but the kids just hated it (and so did I). Everything was so slow and it was ridiculous, so we've cancelled it. I'm not worried about what they surf, because I know what my daughter does on the computer. But the chance that something like that could happen doing a perfectly innocent search has me spooked.

I'd love suggestions!

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At 10:46 PM , Blogger Melanie said…

I've heard *really* good things about this piece of software,

although I haven't installed it myself. And best of all, it's free!


At 7:13 AM , Blogger Dena @ Green Acres said…

I don't know if there is anything that can 100% catch everything. We had the same thing happen. One of my daughters was doing a report on the White House and she typed in .com instead of .gov and a pornography site came up.


At 6:50 PM , Blogger Miss Amy Smarty said…

Try Firefox, with Web Of Trust. It puts a little circle next to each is Green to Red, depending on how trusted the site is before you click on it. Some of the addons on Firefox will let you know if something is dangerous before your click request goes through. I have LOVED Firefox and haven't been inadvertently sent to any porn sites since I've been using it!


At 6:51 PM , Blogger Miss Amy Smarty said…

Oh...and you need to use AdBlock Plus with filterset.G

on Firefox :)

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