This project provides a careful empirical assessment of the extent to which access to health information is impeded or aided by commercial Internet filters as commonly configured in homes, schools, and libraries.
Aim 1. Conduct a preliminary study to identify the most popular search engines and searching strategies of high school students.
Aim 2. Develop model search strings for health topics based on the preliminary study.
Aim 3. Develop an automated system to test the effects of commercial Internet filters on access to health topics.
Aim 4. Test a variety of health topic search strings using a variety of popular search engines and a variety of internet blocking and filtering software products and analyze the results.
This project does not have any participants. Researcher will analyze the extent to which pornography-blocking software used in schools and libraries limits access to health information Web sites.