Background of Company
appears to have started as Family Connect with a filtering product named
S4F. EduGuard is the latest corporate activity -- seeking to provide
the S4F filter to schools.
meets federal requirements of the Children's Internet Protection Act
(CIPA) while offering schools an affordable, low-maintenance filtering
Premier Filtering Solution for Academia
EduGuard is simple to install and easy to maintain.
EduGuard meets the minimum requirements of CIPA without over-blocking.
EduGuard offers the most cost-effective solution for schools today."
of S4F has written a book that is available online. This book provides
some insight into the filtering philosophy followed by the company.
Written by Chris Ophus
Two Seven Deadly Sins
Aside from the type of pornography typically found in magazines, there
are entire areas of the sex trade that used to be difficult to find.
But not anymore.
to slavery," intones an audio file on the home page of one highly
visible web site. The artwork depicts two leather-clad women holding
whips and chains in what looks like a prison courtyard. In the center
hangs a nude figure upside-down over a pit of flames. Once inside
the web site, users are invited to search through various perverse
Dr. Douglas Weiss deals with sex-related problems at his counseling
center in Fort Worth, Texas. He maintains that the Internet is helping
to create "sexual addiction at a much more perverse level than
our generation" by creating an atmosphere fraught with bizarre
behavior that arouses curiosity and can draw even the most innocent
into its snare. "Anything can be out there, and that can become
the way youth begin to form their sexual fantasies and . . . orientation.
So it can be very devastating."
Freedom of speech and freedom of religion come to a catastrophic head
on the web. Any curious surfer can drink from mystic fountains of
magical waters. Clans ranging from New Age circles to ancient cults
of Light announces, "We provide the tools you need for witchcraft
spells and rituals in Wicca, witchcraft, Santeria, and any of the
pagan, occult or esoteric arts and earth religions." ...
the Net, pages and pages of Satanic "scripture" can be found.
Contact points are available for those wanting to establish relationships
with other practitioners of Satanism, black arts, and the like. More
than any other medium, the Internet provides a gateway to the occult."
Six Protection Outside the Home
to say that filtering the Internet is censorship, and therefore unconstitutional,
is also incorrect. For too long, liberals have been getting away with
things by twisting words around. We see it everyday in the media.
It's called skewing the truth or putting a "spin" on a story.
This argument is a perfect example. When you filter the Internet,
it is not "censoring". The word "censorship" means
to remove entirely, to make unavailable anywhere, anytime.
in a public library is not censorship. Censorship is something that
is reserved for the government only. The government censors information
that is considered harmful to everyone, something that has the potential
to cause detriment to everyone who hears or sees that information.
It is impossible for the government to "censor" Internet
sites because much of the information comes from outside our borders,
where the government and the FCC have no jurisdiction.
does not prevent anyone from publishing pornographic materials. It
simply stops minors, as well as adults, from being exposed to it in
a public, tax-payer funded environment. The claim of censorship in
this instance is clearly misused. Most people do not understand the
real meaning of censorship and are thereby deceived into believing
that Internet filtering infringes on the freedom of the individual."
Religious Focus on the Company
A confidential Business Plan found on the site reveals that three of
the four founders of S4F are graduates of Oral Roberts University. (No,
the author did not hack the site, access information was found in a
investment information document elsewhere on the Internet.)
Connect apparently divested its ISP service to focus on filtering products
The current Family Connect site does not present a religious focus on
into the religious focus of the company can be found on other sites
that describe the service:
Gospel Communications Network
provides Internet access and Christian-based "server-side filtering"
(filtering done on their computer before the images ever reach your
computer) to automatically screen out 85,000 pornographic and detrimental
Godly Business Woman
Connect The Internet standard for Christian families featuring
pornographic site block out, nationwide unlimited local access, fast
reliable Internet access and exhaustive online resources and links."
Creek Church Community
www.familyconnect.com - Family Connect: Free internet access that
removes objectionable sites for Christians. ..."
Christian Links And Web Resources
Family Connect This company is a Christian internet service provider
that provides excellent service. Family Connect effectively filters
pornography and hate sites."
Affiliates and Other ISPs using S4F
Site has a listing of residential ISP providers
provides fast, easy-to-use filtering in thousands of home across the
United States and Canada through a network of Internet Service Providers
and independent filtering companies.
filtering in your home, please select from the following S4F residential
True Vine Online (Does not appear to be using S4F.)
Family's Choice (notice on site indicated Family's Choice is selling
to Christian Purity, which uses I-Gear)
FamilyConnect (no longer provides residentialservices)
Power to explore the world, and the piece of mind to enjoy it."
(same logo as Family Connect)
with Family Connect and Religious Focus
Other URL for Covenant Promotions is: http://www.pornblocker.com/
did I find this site looking for Family Connect?"
did I find this site looking for FamilyConnect?
Promotions began marketing FamilyConnect dial-up and filtering services
in 1997. We maintained this relationship through March of 2001, when
FamilyConnect opted to cease providing dial-up services. At this time,
we began providing our own dial-up and filtering services, featuring
a customized version of S4F filtering.
close ties with FamilyConnect, and share in their mission to provide
a safe internet experience for families. We are proud to have been
associated with them."
Note: Found this page through search engine. Could not find this link
off of the current Covenant Promotions or Family Connect web site. Possibly
old page that has not been removed. Family Connections logo on top of
page CovenantPromotions/Pornblocker notice on bottom of page. Links
to 19 web sites, including Focus on the Family, Internet for Christians,
Christian Computing, Youth Pastor.com, Cross Search, Christians in Recovery,
Christ Pages, Christians Online, Cross Daily, Top 30 Christian Web Sites.
Premium Internet Filtering
Internet Filtering for Christians"
is a Christian based, non profit organization focused on offering
Internet solutions that provide value and protection worldwide. HEDGEBUILDERS
is based in Tennessee, and can be found at www.HEDGEBUILDERS.com.
A+ Premium Filtering Work?
A+ Premium Filtering is a sub-server based system. All filtering takes
place on the S4F servers, not on your computer. Every time you type
in an Internet address, or click on a link to an Internet address,
or type in a word to search for, the address or word you requested
is routed past the S4F servers where it is checked against the S4F
The following does not reveal any religious focus, but is an interesting
statement regarding the role of filtering for parents.
a father, husband, and man I developed WiseChoice to accomplish two
major goals. The first is to protect our children and families from
the darker side of the internet. The second is to protect men, particularly
husbands and fathers, wives, mothers, and moms from the incredible
magnetism and power of internet pornography.
For husbands and men in general we believe that we have the strongest
pornography protection available. ..
technologies for WiseChoice.Net are provided by Hedgebuilders, Inc."
Taking the church into the 21st century."
Press Release - New Development for Church Web Sites
TULSA, OK - AliveCity announces today the launch of alivecity.com,
an application service featuring a suite of web tools that enables
churches to have their own professional, dynamic web site. It is the
first application service provider (ASP) to ever focus specifically
on churches and ministries by providing a custom web presence solution
without limiting usability or relying on advertising revenue."
Sequoyah Technologies, Family Connect, Christian TV, and Kingdombuy.com"
Internet Services & Christian Values
'If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.' John 8:36"
Links to Family Connect information
Internet Service Providers
Interview in Christian Business Connection details Christian focus and
use of S4F.
Indicates uses S4F.
Affiliation and Filtering Product
have been involved in the computer industry since 1991. When the company
I had worked for sold the ISP portion of the company, I needed to
find a new provider. I purposely set out to find an ISP that was filtered.
Since I am a Christian, I am very concerned about what our entire
family is able to get into on the Internet. I have too many friends
who, either they or their children, have stumbled into these types
of websites accidentally, or out of curiosity. The results have too
often been tragic. When I found FamilyConnect, I was so impressed
with them that I made arrangements to visit their offices in Tulsa
while I was in Oklahoma. I am very impressed with their commitment
to be on the front lines of technology in this area. They are working
to make sure their product is one that can be used by schools and
libraries. They do a great job of blocking the areas of the Web that
we would all consider as pornographic or as promoting illegal activities."
Christianity and the Internet Come Together"
(Found this link through search engine. On bottom page there is e-mail
link to Christian-internet representative.