Guide to technology and the internet for parents

by Lee Hopkins on March 6, 2008 · 5 comments

in second life

click on the cover image to visit the DET site

Celia Heffernan, the
Online Content Producer at

the NSW Dept of Education and Training, recently asked me to write an article about virtual worlds for inclusion in a technology guide for parents.

The guide has now been published and I’m very flattered to see my article in there alongside material from my colleague Ross Monaghan.

Within its pages there is fabulous material, including a great refresher for even old hands like myself on the terms we use and what they mean. Sometimes we forget that not everyone knows what a blog is, or a tag. Doh!

It’s not just about internet technology, either; Ross wrote a great piece on mobile phones and kids, ‘Mobile Safety’.

The guide is entitled Click and you can download the full magazine or specific articles:

Download Click magazine (pdf 1.7mb)

 

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  • wanders

    I’m trying to block Second Life in our parental filters. I’ve added secondlife.com and slurl.com to our block list, but the SL software still connects after log in. Any suggestions of URL’s or other things I can do to block. I’m on an iMac and use Content Barrier as our filter system.

  • wanders

    I’m trying to block Second Life in our parental filters. I’ve added secondlife.com and slurl.com to our block list, but the SL software still connects after log in. Any suggestions of URL’s or other things I can do to block. I’m on an iMac and use Content Barrier as our filter system.

  • http://leehopkins.net/ Lee Hopkins

    I wonder if ‘Content Barrier’ works at a browser level only, in which case the SL software completely bypasses it as it is an application? If that’s the case, perhaps you need to run a nightly search across your network for the SL app and delete all instances of it in the morning.

    No doubt there’s a less clumsy way of automatically deleting an instance of the app as soon as someone tries to install it, but I’m not a systech — perhaps search the Second Life forums (which, I think, you need to be a member to view, but don’t quote me on that) for info on a Mac-friendly solution.

  • http://leehopkins.net Lee Hopkins

    I wonder if ‘Content Barrier’ works at a browser level only, in which case the SL software completely bypasses it as it is an application? If that’s the case, perhaps you need to run a nightly search across your network for the SL app and delete all instances of it in the morning.

    No doubt there’s a less clumsy way of automatically deleting an instance of the app as soon as someone tries to install it, but I’m not a systech — perhaps search the Second Life forums (which, I think, you need to be a member to view, but don’t quote me on that) for info on a Mac-friendly solution.

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