Thursday, June 08, 2006

Using technology against technology

Parents and children using technology to track each other...

"Media-industry experts stress the value of using technology to allow parents to control their children's media intake.
At a New America Foundation seminar Wednesday, experts and policy leaders promoted technological approaches for parental control as an alternative to regulatory approaches. This approach is accepted in part because of the rapid pace of media technology.
"Markets move quicker than regulators," said Adam Thierer, director the Center for Digital Media Freedom.
Because technology is moving so rapidly, in many cases parents are struggling to keep up with their children's media intake.
"Parents often don't know what to do," said Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. "To help empower parents is our number one objective."
But this technology is also on the forefront to aid parents in deciding what material is appropriate for their children. Expert analysts and child protection advocacy groups are enthusiastic about the most recent feature of TiVo.
TiVo, created in 1997, in June is releasing a new option for parents to subscribe to called KidsZone. This component comes as part of the standard TiVo service and allows parents to locate and save programming they select. KidsZone only shows content that has been pre-approved by parents."   continued ...   (Via United Press International)

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