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Content filtering ratings categories range from offensive types of content such as "Violence," which would include anti-social Web sites that advocate use of weapons or explosives, to sites that may not be offensive but would otherwise cause a potential risk to the network in terms of bandwidth usage, such as "Software downloads" or "Streaming Media/MP3".

Ratings Categories for Standard Filtering

Adult & Mature Content

Sites that contain material of adult nature that does not necessarily contain excessive violence, sexual content, or nudity. These sites include very profane or vulgar content and sites that are not appropriate for children.

www.humorbomb.org / www.punchbaby.com

Alcohol/Tobacco

Sites that promote or offer for the sale alcohol/tobacco products, or provide the means to create them. Also includes sites that glorify, tout, or otherwise encourage the consumption of alcohol/tobacco. Does not include sites that sell alcohol or tobacco as a subset of other products.

www.budweiser.com / www.coors.com

Criminal & Illegal Skills

Sites that advocate or give advice on performing illegal acts such as service theft, evading law enforcement, fraud, burglary techniques and plagiarism. Sites that provide instructions about or promote crime, unethical/dishonest behavior or evasion of prosecution thereof. Excludes computer crime.

www.oppapers.com / www.antiessays.com

Cult & Occult

Sites that promote or offer methods, means of instruction, or other resources to affect or influence real events through the use of spells, curses, magic powers or supernatural beings.

www.phlums.com / www.terrificator.com

Drugs

Drug sites that promote, offer, sell, and supply, encourage or otherwise advocate the recreational or illegal use, cultivation, manufacture, or distribution of drugs, pharmaceuticals, intoxicating plants or chemicals and their related paraphernalia. In addition, sites that discuss or promote the use of regulated drugs and their abuse, as well as the paraphernalia associated with abuse that provide information about approved drugs and their medical use and promote the use of chemicals not regulated by the FDA.

www.marijuana.org / www.hightimes.com

Gambling

Sites where a user can place a bet or participate in a betting pool (including lotteries) online. Also includes sites that provide information, assistance, recommendations, or training on placing bets or participating in games of chance. Does not include sites that sell gambling related products or machines. Also does not include sites for offline casinos and hotels (as long as those sites do not meet one of the above requirements).

www.gambling.com / www.casion.com / www.sportsbook.com

Hacking and Proxy Avoidance

Sites providing information on illegal or questionable access to or the use of communications equipment/software, or provide information on how to bypass proxy server features or gain access to URLs in any way that bypasses the proxy server.

www.anonymizer.com / astalavista.box.sk / www.happyhacker.org / www.phreak.com

Illegal Drugs

Sites that promote, offer, sell, supply, encourage or otherwise advocate the illegal use, cultivation, manufacture, or distribution of drugs, pharmaceuticals, intoxicating plants or chemicals and their related paraphernalia.

www.marijuana.org / www.hightimes.com

Intimate Apparel/Swimsuits

Sites that contain images or offer the sale of swimsuits or intimate apparel or other types of suggestive clothing. Does not include sites selling undergarments as a subsection of other products offered.

www.victoriassecret.com / www.fredericks.com

Nudity

Sites containing nude or seminude depictions of the human body. These depictions are not necessarily sexual in intent or effect, but may include sites containing nude paintings or photo galleries of artistic nature. This category also includes nudist or naturist sites that contain pictures of nude individuals.

www.danheller.com / www.bodyscapes.com / www.nudistnews.com

Pornography

Sites that contain sexually explicit material for the purpose of arousing a sexual or prurient interest.

www.playboy.com / www.whitehouse.com

Sex Education

Sites that provide graphic information on reproduction, sexual development, safe sex practices, sexuality, birth control, and sexual development. Also includes sites that offer tips for better sex as well as products used for sexual enhancement.

www.scarleteen.com / www.cdhh.org

Violence, Hate and Racism

Sites that depict extreme physical harm to people or property, or that advocate or provide instructions on how to cause such harm. Also includes sites that advocate, depict hostility or aggression toward, or denigrate an individual or group on the basis of race, religion, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, or other involuntary characteristics.

www.whitepower.com / www.bumfights.com / www.deathnet.com

Weapons

Sites that sell, review, or describe weapons such as guns, knives or martial arts devices, or provide information on their use, accessories, or other modifications. Does not include sites that promote collecting weapons, or groups that either support or oppose weapons use.

www.browning.com / www.weapons.com

Ratings Categories for Premium Filtering

For Kids

Sites designed specifically for children.

www.yahooligans.com / www.kidsites.com / www.panwapa.com

Abortion

Sites that provide information or arguments in favor of or against abortion, describe abortion procedures, offer help in obtaining or avoiding abortion, or provide information on the effects, or lack thereof, of abortion.

www.gynpages.com / www.abortionfacts.com

Adult & Mature Content

Sites that contain material of adult nature that does not necessarily contain excessive violence, sexual content, or nudity. These sites include very profane or vulgar content and sites that are not appropriate for children.

www.humorbomb.org / www.steakandcheese.com / www.punchbaby.com

Alcohol & Tobacco

Sites that promote or offer for the sale alcohol/tobacco products, or provide the means to create them. Also includes sites that glorify, tout, or otherwise encourage the consumption of alcohol/tobacco. Does not include sites that sell alcohol or tobacco as a subset of other products.

www.budweiser.com / www.coors.com

Arts & Entertainment

Sites that promote and provide information about motion pictures, videos, television, music and programming guides, books, comics, movie theatres, galleries, artists or reviews on entertainment.

www.imdb.com / www.eonline.com / www.moviephone.com

Auctions

Sites that support the offering and purchasing of goods between individuals. Does not include classified advertisements.

www.bidfind.com / www.ebay.com

Brokerage & Trading

Sites that provide or advertise trading of securities and management of investment assets (online or offline). Also includes insurance sites, as well as sites that offer financial investment strategies, quotes, and news

www.etrade.com / www.datek.com

Business & Economy

Sites devoted to business firms, business information, economics, marketing, business management and entrepreneurship. This does not include sites that perform services that are defined in another category (such as Information Technology companies, or companies that sell travel services).

www.ge.com / www.sunbeam.com

Chat & Instant Messaging

Sites that provide chat or instant messaging capabilities or client downloads.

www.web.icq.com/icqchat / www.aim.com / www.messenger.msn.com

Computers & Internet

Sites that sponsor or provide information on computers, technology, the Internet and technology-related organizations and companies.

www.dell.com / www.microsoft.com / www.javaworld.com

Cult & Occult

Sites that promote or offer methods, means of instruction, or other resources to affect or influence real events through the use of spells, curses, magic powers or supernatural beings.

www.phlums.com / www.terrificator.com

Cultural Institutions

Sites sponsored by cultural institutions, or provide information about museums, galleries, theatres (not movie theaters). Includes groups such as 4H and the Boy Scouts of America.

www.childmuseum.org / www.scouting.org / www.4h.org

Education

Sites that offer educational information, distance learning and trade school information or programs. Also includes sites that are sponsored by schools, educational facilities, faculty, or alumni groups.

www.education-world.com / www.ed.govwww.nyu.edu

Email

Sites offering web-based email services, such as online email reading, e-cards, and mailing list services.

www.email.com / www.hotmail.com

Financial Services

Sites that provide or advertise banking services (online or offline) or other types of financial information, such as loans. Does not include sites that offer market information, brokerage or trading services.

www.americafirst.com / www.paypay.com

For Kids

Sites designed specifically for children.

www.yahooligans.com / www.kidsites.com / www.panwapa.com

Gambling

Sites where a user can place a bet or participate in a betting pool (including lotteries) online. Also includes sites that provide information, assistance, recommendations, or training on placing bets or participating in games of chance. Does not include sites that sell gambling related products or machines. Also does not include sites for offline casinos and hotels (as long as those sites do not meet one of the above requirements).

www.gambling.com / www.casino.com / www.sportsbook.com

Games

Sites that provide information and support game playing or downloading, video games, computer games, electronic games, tips, and advice on games or how to obtain cheat codes. Also includes sites dedicated to selling board games as well as journals and magazines dedicated to game playing. Includes sites that support or host online sweepstakes and giveaways.

www.nintendo.com / www.gamespot.com / www.gamesdomain.com

Gay & Lesbian

Sites that provide information, promote, or cater to gay and lesbian lifestyles. Does not include sites that are sexually oriented.

www.gay.com / www.waf.org

Government & Legal

Sites sponsored by or which provide information on government, government agencies and government services such as taxation and emergency services. Also includes sites that discuss or explain laws of various governmental entities.

www.whitehouse.gov / www.federalreserve.gov

Hacking & Proxy Avoidance

Sites providing information on illegal or questionable access to or the use of communications equipment/software, or provide information on how to bypass proxy server features or gain access to URLs in any way that bypasses the proxy server.

www.anonymizer.com / astalavista.box.sk / www.happyhacker.org / www.phreak.com

Health

Sites that provide advice and information on general health such as fitness and well-being, personal health or medical services, drugs, alternative and complimentary therapies, medical information about ailments, dentistry, optometry, general psychiatry, self-help, and support organizations dedicated to a disease or condition.

www.cvs.com / www.webmd.com

Humor & Jokes

Sites that provide information on or promote vehicles, boats, or aircraft, including sites that support online purchase of vehicles or parts.

www.ahajokes.com / www.comedycentral.com / www.the-jokes.com

Illegal & Questionable

Sites that advocate or give advice on performing illegal acts such as service theft, evading law enforcement, fraud, burglary techniques and plagiarism. Also includes sites that provide or sell questionable educational materials, such as term papers.

www.antiessays.com / www.monkeysnatcher.com

Illegal Drugs

Sites that promote, offer, sell, supply, encourage or otherwise advocate the illegal use, cultivation, manufacture, or distribution of drugs, pharmaceuticals, intoxicating plants or chemicals and their related paraphernalia.

www.marijuana.org / www.hightimes.com

Intimate Apparel & Swimsuits

Sites that contain images or offer the sale of swimsuits or intimate apparel or other types of suggestive clothing. Does not include sites selling undergarments as a subsection of other products offered.

www.victoriassecret.com / www.fredericks.com

Job Search & Careers

Sites that provide assistance in finding employment, and tools for locating prospective employers.

www.hotjobs.com / www.flipdog.com / www.monster.com

Military

Sites that promote or provide information on military branches or armed services.

www.army.mil / www.navy.mil / www.af.mil

News & Media

Sites that primarily report information or comments on current events or contemporary issues of the day. Also includes radio stations and magazines. Does not include sites that can be rated in other categories.

www.cnn.com / www.foxnews.com / www.msnbc.com

Newsgroups

Sites that offer access to Usenet news groups or other messaging or bulletin board systems.

www.newsville.com/news/group

Nudity

Sites containing nude or seminude depictions of the human body. These depictions are not necessarily sexual in intent or effect, but may include sites containing nude paintings or photo galleries of artistic nature. This category also includes nudist or naturist sites that contain pictures of nude individuals.

www.danheller.com / www.bodyscapes.com / www.nudistnews.com

Pay to Surf

Sites that pay users in the form of cash or prizes, for clicking on or reading specific links, email, or web pages.

www.bestfreemoneyonline.com / www.limeshare.org

Personals & Dating

Sites that promote interpersonal relationships.

www.singlelinks.com / www.lovesites.com

Political & Activist Groups

Sites sponsored by or which provide information on political parties, special interest groups, or any organization that promotes change or reform in public policy, public opinion, social practice, or economic activities.

www.texasgop.org / www.aclu.org / www.rnc.orgwww.dnc.org

Pornography

Sites that contain sexually explicit material for the purpose of arousing a sexual or prurient interest.

www.playboy.com / www.whitehouse.com

Real Estate

Sites that provide information on renting, buying, or selling real estate or properties.

www.century21.com / www.realtor.com / www.hud.org

Reference

Sites containing personal, professional, or educational reference, including online dictionaries, maps, census, almanacs, library catalogues, genealogy-related sites and scientific information.

www.dictionary.com / www.encarta.com / www.familysearch.org

Religion

Sites that promote and provide information on conventional or unconventional religious or quasi-religious subjects, as well as churches, synagogues, other houses of worship. Does not include sites containing witchcraft (Cult/Occult) or atheist beliefs.

www.catholic.net / www.gospel.com / www.lds.org

Restaurants, Dining & Food

Sites that list, review, discuss, advertise and promote food, catering, dining services, cooking and recipes.

www.foodtv.com / www.zagats.com

Search Engines & Portals

Sites that support searching the Internet, indices, and directories.

www.google.com / www.yahoo.com

Sex Education

Sites that provide graphic information (sometimes graphic) on reproduction, sexual development, safe sex practices, sexuality, birth control, and sexual development. Also includes sites that offer tips for better sex as well as products used for sexual enhancement.

www.scarleteen.com / www.viagra.com / www.sexed.com / www.sexuality.org

Shopping

Sites that provide or advertise the means to obtain goods or services. Does not include sites that can be classified in other categories (such as vehicles or weapons).

www.macys.com / www.target.com

Software Downloads

Sites that are dedicated to the electronic download of software packages, whether for payment or at no charge.

www.download.com / www.tucows.com

Sports, Recreation & Hobbies

Sites that promote or provides information about spectator sports, recreational activities, or hobbies. Includes sites that discuss or promote camping, gardening, and collecting.

www.espn.com / www.nba.com / www.snoweb.com

Streaming Media & MP3

Sites that sell, deliver, or stream music or video content in any format, including sites that provide downloads for such viewers.

www.mp3.com / www.windowsmedia.com / www.musiccity.com

Travel

Sites that promote or provide opportunity for travel planning, including finding and making travel reservations, vehicle rentals, descriptions of travel destinations, or promotions for hotels or casinos.

www.travelocity.com / www.luxor.com / www.orbitz.com / www.hertz.com

Vehicles

Sites that provide information on or promote vehicles, boats, or aircraft, including sites that support online purchase of vehicles or parts.

www.autotrader.com / www.boattrader.com

Violence, Hate & Racism

Sites that depict extreme physical harm to people or property, or that advocate or provide instructions on how to cause such harm. Also includes sites that advocate, depict hostility or aggression toward, or denigrate an individual or group on the basis of race, religion, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, or other involuntary characteristics.

www.whitepower.com / www.bumfights.com / www.deathnet.com

Weapons

Sites that sell, review, or describe weapons such as guns, knives or martial arts devices, or provide information on their use, accessories, or other modifications. Does not include sites that promote collecting weapons, or groups that either support or oppose weapons use.

www.browning.com / www.winchester.com

Web Advertising

Sites that provide online advertisements or banners. These sites will always be allowed. Does not include advertising servers that serve adult-oriented advertisements.

www.adblade.com / www.netvert.biz

Web Communications

Sites that allow or offer Web-based communication via e-mail, chat, instant messaging, message boards, etc.

www.loveisblonde.com / www.lostmyhead.org

Web Hosting

Sites of organizations that provide top-level domain pages, as well as web communities or hosting services.

www.startlogic.com / www.bluehost.com / www.ixwebhosting.com

Other

Sites that cannot be rated into any other category.