Mar 5, 2012
Care4Teen is a free internet monitoring and censoring program that combines some principles of anti-virus recognition software with the standard online monitoring functions. Still in early stages, Care4Teen shows promise as a great bit of freeware in the future.
For power and function, Care4Teen shows more potential at the moment than actual solid value. The reason for this is as follows: Care4Teen relies on a database stored on their servers to help block out different sites that may have objectionable content. This database is built, over time, by the sites and programs that the users (parents) enter into their own monitoring page. So, if a parent decides to list “Pornusa.com” as a site that is forbidden to access on their computer, that same website will be added to the Care4Teen database and can now be recognized as a possible site containing unwanted content. Now, as you can imagine, there are so many sites out there that there’s no way one user could possibly add them all to his or her list, which is why the database exists. This is the same kind of idea that many anti-virus programs use to identify possible threats to your system. When a new site or program is visited or activated, it is scanned into the database so that all users in the future can benefit from it. People who do not understand this method, and are expecting a more straightforward “pornblocking” program are going to be disappointed. People who can appreciate the underlying genius of this system will be happy.