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# 81731 17-Apr-2011 19:05
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After many years of ensuring I had as few restrictions to what I wanted to do, and when :) Its time I restricted what the kids were up to when they get onto my wifes laptop.

Their surfing is pretty well supervised, is only on the kitchen table whilst we are around and its only ever been things like Club Penguin up until now.

Today however my son managed to sign himself up for some game website by entering my wifes email address and answering the remaining questions to the login process. One part of me thinks 'well done for showing some inititive' the other is thinking 'what else has he been up to ?'

I cant be the only one in this position so do people have any suggestions on software or methods I can take to restrict their ability to sign up to websites etc. Keeping track of the pages they go too aswell would be nice.

Weve had a good discussion about what he should and shouldnt be doing, but as he has just turned 8 I dont know how much he really understands. I want my kids to have some independence when it comes to the internet and so I dont want either my wife or I to be standing over them whilst the learn about all this stuff but I dont want them getting it wrong, if you know what I mean.

We currently only use MSE as 'protection' on the laptop along with a server in the garage and an HTPC on the same network and all three are on XP currently.

So Id appreciate any suggestions.


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  # 459837 17-Apr-2011 19:14
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I've installed K9 and it seems to work quite well


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  # 459850 17-Apr-2011 19:49
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whats wrong with just keeping history on , i can tell every web site my son has been to since dec 2010, so he is careful to where he goes, because anything not suitable will result in end of internet.

Common sense is not as common as you think.

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  # 461236 21-Apr-2011 10:23
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And he doesn't know how to delete the browser history?

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  # 461239 21-Apr-2011 10:26
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Brilliant thanks everyone. I thought I posted a reply the other day, but its not here so must have pressed a wrong button !

Anyway, Ill give the Windows Live Family Safety thing a go and see how it works.

I wanted to be more proactive about it than reactively checking the history, which of course can be deleted if he wanted to.


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  # 461264 21-Apr-2011 11:50
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nitrotech: I've installed K9 and it seems to work quite well

I've used (and still use on some PCs) K9, it worked fine and its free. But I'm trialling Safe Eyes (paid), which can exercise some discrimination over the Youtube videos that are accessible. K9 is either on or off for Youtube in my experience. I don't know if Windows Live Safety can block some Youtube content and not others?

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  # 461266 21-Apr-2011 11:52
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freitasm: Have a look at Windows Live Family Safety 2011 - and it's free:



Do whatever you want to do man.


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  # 461270 21-Apr-2011 11:57
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I push everything through a proxy (using source based routing) for web traffic. You can then also block everything else so that traffic has to go through the proxy to work. That'll break a lot of stuff of course, but you can create exceptions for that.

I am a right nazi though. And I don't even have children.

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  # 461272 21-Apr-2011 12:00
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lchiu7: And he doesn't know how to delete the browser history?

he deletes it end of internetLaughing

Common sense is not as common as you think.

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  # 461295 21-Apr-2011 13:23
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Norton Internet Security provides a pretty good product in their downloadable Norton Online Family/Safety Minder add-on. Great reporting out of it. Paid product of course.

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  # 461304 21-Apr-2011 13:47
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another vote for k9 from me... seems to work a charm

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