History of Child Safe Web Surfing

ParentsDirect History
of Safe Surfing


There are a lot of fun and educational things to do on the web for kids. There are also a lot of people and web sites, and you need to be careful. Here’s some things to remember:

  • Never give out your full name, address, or phone number without your parent’s permission.
  • Do not enter contests without asking your parents first.
  • Check with your parents before downloading programs to your computer.
  • If someone sends you something abusive or that makes you uncomfortable, let your parents or
    teacher know.
  • Never agree to meet someone you’ve met on the net without your parent’s permission and an escort.
  • Follow the rules you and your parents have set up regarding your use of the net and your behavior.
  • Treat others on the internet the way you want to be treated! They are people, not computers!

Learn how to use the web at Welcome to the Web

Visit Kid Safety On the Internet for lots of great information about keeping yourself safe – both on and off the net.

Tons of information about safe surfing and fun kid sites can be found at Family Internet at About.com.

Check out NetSmartz411, a service of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

  • History of Safe Web Surfing

JANUARY 1995 and before
Adult Only Cyberspace

Exon Amendment Introduced
SafeSurf Advocates Rating System

MAY 1995
SafeSurf Creates Kid’s Wave
SurfWatch Ships Software

JUNE 1995
Teenagers Run Away to Meet Chat Room Strangers
SafeSurf Introduces Internet Lifeguard
IHPEG Formed
Exon Admenment Passes Senate
SafeSurf Releases Rating Standard
Solid Oak’s CYBERsitter
Net Nanny Introduced
Rep. Cox & Wyden Introduce Anti-Exon Internet Amendment

JULY 1995
Declaration of an Independent Internet
OpenMarket’s Internet Draft
ITAA Internet Task Force Begins Work
SafeSurf provides Exon & Cox with an alternative proposal
Solutions Demoed for Congress
Rep. Cox Amendment Passes House

SafeSurf Teams with PICS Alliance

TeacherSoft Releases InterGO
SafeSurf helps CyberAngels get on the Web.

Cyber Patrol Supports SafeSurf Rating


National Day of Protest Against Internet Censorship

Congress Passes Online Indecency Bill
In Mourning and Protest Internet Goes Black

MARCH 14, 1996
Rep. Eshoo Introduces Online Parental Control Act

MARCH 21, 1996
CDA Trial Begins

JUNE 12, 1996
Preliminary Injunction Granted against the CDA in 3-0 decision.

OCTOBER 4, 1996
CyberAngels unveil an extensive resource on preventing Cyber-Stalking.

OCTOBER 21, 1996
SafeSurf releases breakthrough Internet Filtering
 for schools, libraries, ISPs, and business intranets.

JUNE 26, 1997
The Supreme Court rules that the CDA
is unconstitutional

JULY 16, 1997
SafeSurf meets with President Clinton and introduces the legal concept of negligent publishing in itsProposal for a Safe 
Internet Without Censorship

JUNE 17, 1998
Netscape and SafeSurf announce an alliance to provide the first
safesurfing browser

Source safesurf.com