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SafeSurf Press Release

Netscape and SafeSurf Team Up to Protect Children Online

NetWatch Tool Gives Parents Internet Content Choices

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIF. (June 17, 1998) - SafeSurf and Netscape Communications Corporation today announced NetWatch, an important new tool now available within Netscape Communicator software.  The tool allows parents to utilize the popular SafeSurf Rating Standard within their Netscape browser to set content levels according to their own individual standards.

"Netscape and SafeSurf have taken a significant step toward protecting children and free speech on the Internet," said Wendy Simpson-Cherry, SafeSurf's President. "NetWatch is efficient and easy to use, making Netscape the "family-friendly" browser of choice for millions of parents."

Parents may configure NetWatch to accept content levels in different SafeSurf categories including Profanity, Nudity, Violence, Intolerance and Gambling.  Parents also have the ability to block unrated sites.  The easy-to-use NetWatch interface gives parents a "point and click" ability to choose Internet content for their families.

"On behalf of parents everywhere, who have envisioned the day when the SafeSurf Rating System would be available as a standard browser feature, we applaud Netscape for making this a reality.  Communicator now becomes the browser to choose for safesurfing," said Ray Soular, SafeSurf's Co-founder and Developer of the SafeSurf Rating System.  The best part is Communicator doesn't just implement this feature as an afterthought, it does it like it really cares," he conculded.

"We hope this important step will encourage all webmasters to rate their sites and identify their content," explained Simpson-Cherry.  "Responsible Internet publishing is one of the most effective ways to avoid government censorship of the Internet," she added.

SafeSurf is an international no-fee parents' organization formed to protect children on the Internet and the rights of parents through technology and education.  After pioneering the Internet's first rating system, SafeSurf became a founding member and served at the heart of the technical development of the PICS specification, and has been instrumental in fighting government censorship on the Internet. SafeSurf's web site ( provides an easy-to-rate form which content providers may fill out to create their own custom rating for their site. SafeSurf's site also features family resources such as safety basics for children online, links to filtering software, and the famous "Kid's Wave" safe list of entertaining and educational sites for all ages.

Netscape Communications Corporation is a leading provider of open software and services for linking people and information over enterprise networks and the Internet.  The company offers a full line of clients, servers, development tools, commercial applications and professional services to create a complete platform for next-generation, online applications. Traded on NASDAQ under the symbol NSCP, Netscape Communications Corporation is based in Mountain View, California.

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