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PICS is a W3C specification for describing the content of resources with a metadata label. PICS was originally designed as a way for parents and teachers to gain control over the Web sites and pages that children could access on the Internet. The PICS standards facilitate the following:

  • Self-rating    Content providers voluntarily label the content they create and distribute.

  • Third-party rating    Independent labeling services associate labels with content created by others. These services may devise their own labeling, and multiple services may label a particular provider's content.

  • User control    Allows parents and teachers to use ratings and labels from a variety of sources to filter the content that children can see.

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