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ONLINE, A SMUT-FREE SCHOOL ZONE

CYBERSPACE: IT ISN'T JUST for adults. In fact, with its myriad links to computers all over the world, the online universe can be a great educational tool for children. Unfortunately, the Internet's computers carry pornography and other inappropriate material. Now, Quality Computers & Applications Inc., St. Claire Shores, Mich., has come up with a way to let kids surf the Net quite safely.

The company's software, called theLINQ, goes to work every night, culling selected educational items from all over the Internet. It stores its findings in a school's computer and makes it available for online searching using either Apple Macintosh or IBM PC-compatible computers. But the system is programmed to filter out any profanity or subjects that are deemed out-of-bounds for students. The price: $2,000 for an initial connection that supports as many as 200 students and then $20 a month for technical support.EDITED BY JOHN W. VERITY


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