Glubble Provides Child Friendly Web Surfing

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The Internet has a lot of content that you may not wish to stumble on when giving children access to it whether at home or in a public access computer scenario (Library, community group, Internet cafe etc).

Putting safeguards on a home computer can sometimes be beyond the knowledge of many parents who may prefer to have a specialist put user specific Internet filtering in place (as many Schools and businesses do) whilst some operating systems allow the set-up of child-friendly accounts that help put some safeguards in place to ease the worries of many parents or guardians.

Glubble is a free add on for the popular Firefox browser and its derivatives (Flock and Seamonkey primarily) that puts puts a child friendly set of rules and interfaces in place but allows the asking of permission from nominated family or guardian members  for sites and activities that may be blocked by the default access rules thus making it easy to individually customise.

A family noticeboard is available which lends the project a more human interface. Accounts can be set-up and tailored to each individual and changes can only be made via a password protected ‘responsible adult’ administrator account (provided the ‘responsible adult’ is not careless and shares the password).

Of course this kind of adult intervention would need to be used in association with the operating system user accounts configuration to perhaps stop the more technically knowledgeable children from just downloading an alternative browser in order to circumvent the well meaning protection put in place here.

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4 thoughts on “Glubble Provides Child Friendly Web Surfing

  1. I think I’ve seen this before – it’s a fantastic idea, and should take a bit of worry out of allowing your kids to surf the net.

    Normally though, I always stay close by in case they get stuck with a website – they inadvertently hit the print button and get confused – we let them play on the big computer in the attic and I’ll either surf on my laptop or watch a DVD while they’re at it.

    Anyway, I must give Gumble a go when I get home and see how it works.

  2. I might give it a go (the ability to customise it sounds quite promising) although I think my lot are too clever really to be stopped from seeing anything they really wanted to see. I prefer in a way to talk to them about what I expect, and then trust them, with the ultimate deterrent of no computer use at all at home, if they let me down.

  3. I guess it’s the downside of such solutions that require a moderate level of computer literacy in that they’ll only be taken up by those confident enough (technically) to implement them.It’s a shame as there’s an awful lot of unsavoury stuff that can be accidentally discovered just by a simple Google search for something seemingly quite innocent.It’s always good to hear parents taking responsibility & laying down boundaries.

  4. Emalyse – The kind words about Glubble are much appreciated. There have been over 100,000 downloads of Glubble to-date, thanks in part to the attention it has received on blogs such as yours.

    There are new enhancements and features coming this fall, and I’d invite you to join Glubble’s Facebook Page to get the latest news and information.

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