A Burlington man has found a way to combine his Christian values with business and at the same time, help local families using the Internet.
Ken Quiggan is one of 30 Canadian franchisees for the relatively new Online Christian Network. The company launched its Internet Guardian yesterday to help parents across the country block 12,000 violent or sexually explicit web sites.
It is one of the newest filtering systems for preventing children from seeing such sites. Others include NetNanny and CleanNet.
Onlien Christian Network opened in Canada in December. It is part of an American company incorporated in Deleware as World Christian Internet Corporation. The trade name, The Online Christian Network, is just now being launched in the U.S., said Canadian president Michael Robertson.
Quiggan, 47, is excited about the network and the Internet Guardian.
"I've been studying Christianity very seriously for the last five years. I really wanted to do something for the community."
The network site says it gives Christians "the chance to be in full/part-time ministry as well as to support their families".
The franchise's business comes from online transactions, marketing Christian products and services from Christian people. The site has a World Christian Marketplace.
Although the Internet Guardian costs $49.95 for the initial sign up and $9.95 a month, other services on the Online Christian Network are free. Churches and religious organizations will be put on the network for free, Quiggan said.
"You can find the church and faith you want ... there will be a lot of information to help you find true Christianity because there are lots of false Christian sites on the Net", he says.
Quiggan is also combining his Christian values with his love of computers and their future potential. "I believe this is the way to do retail."
Putting on the churches and religious organizations for free "will give us the activity we need. Activity turns into viewing and viewing can turn into advertising".
Quiggan plans to approach the Burlington Public Library after reading about parent concerns over children being exposed to explicit sexual material on the Net at the library.
The Internet Guardian is unique for Christian families because it can be customized by parents who want to decide for themselves what will be blocked, added, or deleted, he said. Robertson said ti is geared to the 70 per cent of Canadians who call themselves Christian.
Besides blocking out sites according to words or phrases chosen by parents, it can also prevent personal information such as credit card numbers from being given out, can block images, and can operate with or without your children knowing.