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SafeSurf Rating System

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The SafeSurf Ratings have been around for a long time and are used by a number of the older ratings tools. Basically, their ratings are a list of codes in the form:

SS~~CCC R

The CCC is a three hex-digit category 000 to 009 and 00A. R is the rating value which is the level corresponding to each category.

Value Category
000 Age Range
001 Profanity
002 Heterosexual Themes
003 Homosexual Themes
004 Nudity
005 Violence
006 Sex, Violence, and Profanity
007 Intolerance of another person's racial, religious, or gender backround
008 Glorifying Drug Use
009 Other Adult Themes
00A Gambling

Examples

So if you page uses expletives, describes sexual acts, shows graphic but artistic violence, has some explicit sexual innuendo, and discusses in a technical manner gambling, your SafeSurf rating code would be:

SS~~001 6 SS~~002 6 SS~~005 5 SS~~006 2 SS~~00A 3

The full SafeSurf PICS meta tag would then be:

<meta http-equiv="pics-label" content='(PICS-1.1
  "http://www.classify.org/safesurf/" labels
    ratings (SS~~001 6 SS~~002 6 SS~~005 5 SS~~006 2 SS~~00A 3))' />

Rating Values

SS~~000 -- Age Range
Value Description
1 All Ages
2 Older Children
3 Teens
4 Older Teens
5 Adult Supervision Recommended
6 Adults
7 Limited to Adults
8 Adults Only
9 Explicitly for Adults
SS~~001 -- Profanity
Value Description
1 Subtle Innuendo -- implied through the use of Slang
2 Explicit Innuendo -- implied through the use of Slang
3 Technical Reference -- Dictionary, encyclopedic, news, technical references
4 Non-Graphic-Artistic -- limited non-sexual expletives used in a artistic fashion
5 Graphic-Artistic -- Non-sexual expletives used in a artistic fashion
6 Graphic -- Limited use of expletives and obscene gestures
7 Detailed Graphic -- Casual use of expletives and obscene gestures.
8 Explicit Vulgarity -- Heavy use of vulgar language and obscene gestures. Unsupervised Chat Rooms.
9 Explicit and Crude -- Saturated with crude sexual references and gestures. Unsupervised Chat Rooms.
SS~~002. Heterosexual Themes
Value Description
1 Subtle Innuendo -- Subtly Implied through the use of metaphor
2 Explicit Innuendo -- Explicitly implied (not described) through the use of metaphor
3 Technical Reference -- Dictionary, encyclopedic, news, medical references
4 Non-Graphic-Artistic -- Limited metaphoric descriptions used in an artistic fashion
5 Graphic-Artistic -- Metaphoric descriptions used in an artistic fashion
6 Graphic -- Descriptions of intimate sexual acts
7 Detailed Graphic -- Descriptions of intimate details of sexual acts
8 Explicitly Graphic or Inviting Participation -- Explicit Descriptions of intimate details of sexual acts designed to arouse. Inviting interactive sexual participation. Unsupervised Sexual Chat Rooms or Newsgroups.
9 Explicit and Crude or Explicitly Inviting Participation -- Profane Graphic Descriptions of intimate details of sexual acts designed to arouse. Inviting interactive sexual participation. Unsupervised Sexual Chat Rooms or Newsgroups.
SS~~003. Homosexual Themes
Value Description
1 Subtle Innuendo -- Subtly Implied through the use of metaphor
2 Explicit Innuendo -- Explicitly implied (not described) through the use of metaphor
3 Technical Reference -- Dictionary, encyclopedic, news, medical references
4 Non-Graphic-Artistic -- Limited metaphoric descriptions used in an artistic fashion
5 Graphic-Artistic -- Metaphoric descriptions used in an artistic fashion
6 Graphic -- Descriptions of intimate sexual acts
7 Detailed Graphic -- Descriptions of intimate details of sexual acts
8 Explicitly Graphic or Inviting Participation -- Explicit descriptions of intimate details of sexual acts designed to arouse. Inviting interactive sexual participation. Unsupervised Sexual Chat Rooms or Newsgroups.
9 Explicit and Crude or Explicitly Inviting Participation -- Profane Graphic Descriptions of intimate details of sexual acts designed to arouse. Inviting interactive sexual participation. Unsupervised Sexual Chat Rooms or Newsgroups.
SS~~004. Nudity
1 Subtle Innuendo -- Subtly Implied through the use of composition, lighting, shaping, revealing clothing, etc.
2 Explicit Innuendo -- Explicitly implied (not shown) through the use of composition, lighting, shaping or revealing clothing
3 Technical Reference -- Dictionary, encyclopedic, news, medical references
4 Non-Graphic-Artistic -- Classic works of art presented in public museums for family viewing
5 Graphic-Artistic -- Artistically presented without full frontal nudity
6 Graphic -- Artistically presented with frontal nudity
7 Detailed Graphic -- Erotic frontal nudity
8 Explicit Vulgarity -- Pornographic presentation, designed to appeal to prurient interests.
9 Explicit and Crude -- Explicit pornographic presentation
SS~~005. Violence
Value Description
1 Subtle Innuendo
2 Explicit Innuendo
3 Technical Reference
4 Non-Graphic-Artistic
5 Graphic-Artistic
6 Graphic
7 Detailed Graphic
8 Inviting Participation in Graphic Interactive Format
9 Encouraging Personal Participation, Weapon Making
SS~~006. Sex, Violence, and Profanity
Value Description
1 Subtle Innuendo
2 Explicit Innuendo
3 Technical Reference
4 Non-Graphic-Artistic
5 Graphic-Artistic
6 Graphic
7 Detailed Graphic
8 Explicit Vulgarity
9 Explicit and Crude
SS~~007. Intolerance of another person's racial, religious, or gender backround
Value Description
1 Subtle Innuendo
2 Explicit Innuendo
3 Technical Reference
4 Non-Graphic-Literary
5 Graphic-Literary
6 Graphic Discussions
7 Endorsing Hatred
8 Endorsing Violent or Hateful Action
9 Advocating Violent or Hateful Action
SS~~008. Glorifying Drug Use
Value Description
1 Subtle Innuendo
2 Explicit Innuendo
3 Technical Reference
4 Non-Graphic-Artistic
5 Graphic-Artistic
6 Graphic
7 Detailed Graphic
8 Simulated Interactive Participation
9 Soliciting Personal Participation
SS~~009. Other Adult Themes
Value Description
1 Subtle Innuendo
2 Explicit Innuendo
3 Technical Reference
4 Non-Graphic-Artistic
5 Graphic-Artistic
6 Graphic
7 Detailed Graphic
8 Explicit Vulgarity
9 Explicit and Crude
SS~~00A. Gambling
Value Description
1 Subtle Innuendo
2 Explicit Innuendo
3 Technical Discussion
4 Non-Graphic-Artistic, Advertising
5 Graphic-Artistic, Advertising
6 Simulated Gambling
7 Real Life Gambling without Stakes
8 Encouraging Interactive Real Life Participation with Stakes
9 Providing Means with Stakes

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