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Topic # 105885 13-Jul-2012 07:45 Send private message

Hi all, our eldest is six now and a voracious consumer of books and asker of questions. As we all know, the internet is fount of all knowledge... including a whole bunch of knowledge that six year olds shouldn't have.

So, I find myself in a position I've never been in before. We acquired an Acer Aspire One netbook for cheap which we will be giving to him. It's perfect for a kid because a) it's real cheap and b) the keyboard is kid-size. Fast enough for what he needs although Atom will never be setting any land speed records.

Anyhow, I've never been the slightest bit interested in nanny software up till this point having not needed a nanny for a year or two now, so I have no idea what's available. Yes, I will be Googling, but if anyone has any experience I would love to hear it.

I've installed Ubuntu 12.04 on it because Win 7 Starter is rubbish. Preferences given then to packages which play nice with Ubuntu out of the box. Not afraid of low level stuff -- I've been Linux/Unix for longer than I care to admit *cough* -- but to be honest I have more interesting things to do (like not doing low level stuff) so preferable if it Just Works.

I don't have any other spare PCs to act as routers and my modem/AP isn't compatible with Linuxy firmware so those options are currently out of the question - I need something that will run ON the netbook.

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  Reply # 654872 13-Jul-2012 07:54 Send private message

Last time I asked a friend about this, when he had two kids between 7 and 15, he used DansGuardian.

don't know much more about it sorry, but he said it was pretty good.

edit: but given your last requirement, this won't help.. sorry! (unless you don't give him root, and you install it locally and block outgoing traffic on port 80/443 with iptables or something)




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  Reply # 654874 13-Jul-2012 08:04 Send private message

mjb: Last time I asked a friend about this, when he had two kids between 7 and 15, he used DansGuardian.

don't know much more about it sorry, but he said it was pretty good.

edit: but given your last requirement, this won't help.. sorry! (unless you don't give him root, and you install it locally and block outgoing traffic on port 80/443 with iptables or something)


Looks like it's not too hard to install locally. I'll give that a try, thanks! Probably also use the OpenDNS adult filtering servers too.




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  Reply # 655192 13-Jul-2012 17:36 Send private message

Dansguardian is about the only product around for linux. Not hard to install locally and runs as a proxy from memory. Should be all good if you set it up as root and the six year old just runs as user. 



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  Reply # 655474 14-Jul-2012 12:36 Send private message

So I've got the OpenDNS Adult filtering servers, and dansguardian on. I think dansguardian needs a little tweaking: the first thing my son wanted to look at was the Wikipedia page on bacteria. Which was blocked on weighted phrase rule for 'Pornography: Japanese'.

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