AOL gives parents more power

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America Online said it will increase parental control options on its online service and on the World Wide Web. Starting in September, parents will be able to block out any content--including Internet newsgroups--except the Kids Only area of AOL; in addition, AOL will work with SurfWatch Software, a Los Altos, Calif., company, to block content on the Web. Online services are coming under increased scrutiny for their content; recent legislation passed by the U.S. Senate would impose fines and prison sentences on those who transmit pornography via online services and the Web. Several online services, including AOL, on Monday traveled to Washington to plead their case before the House of Representatives.

Copyright July 1995 Crain Communications Inc.

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