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Protecting Children Using The PC

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Protecting Children Using The PC

Hi,

I have 3 kids from 3 to 10 - all use the PC, now the eldest is doing more and more, and signing up for certain sites - like cartoonnetwork

How can I restrict the sites that they can get to, so that they dont end up either in unmonitored chat, or getting redirected to warez or pron sites?

Any suggestions are welcomed....I know that there are a few freebie programs, and other subscription ones. I would prefer one that was at least "UK aware" if not based in the UK.

Are there any FOL guides on this aspect of the internet? All the security guides I have seen are about hacking and virus protection.

Thanks for any assistance

Big Vic
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axam102
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Registered: 23-08-2007

Protecting Children Using The PC

you can configure Internet explorer for basic protection in, tools, internet options, content advisor. Another good tool for the box is net nanny, you do have to pay for the full version but if it's peace of mind you want then I would say its worth it. IIRC zonelarm also allows you to add restricted sites but this only allows you to pre-empt the sites that they may visit and not rate and block on the fly so you may as well just edit your hosts file!
Plusnet Staff
Plusnet Staff
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Registered: 04-04-2007

Protecting Children Using The PC

Hi Vic,

We are doing an internal trial of some parental control software, which if successful will be launched later in the year.
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Protecting Children Using The PC

Great, well - If you need any testers - I have 3 of them Wink

Big Vic
dbarrett
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Registered: 03-08-2007

Protecting Children Using The PC

On-line security frightens the life out of me.

I have a 5 year old grandson who is just getting interested in the computer. It won't be long before he's surfin' 'n mailin' his pals..

I've inadverntantly accessed porn sites on several occaisions, and the filth and trash that I have to clear out of my mailboxes each day is alarming.

What can we do, and as importantly, what can FOL do, to protect our kids? Can you include Websense for example? Apply pressure to ban the spam? Is AOL any good?

I wouldn't mind paying more for safer, kid friendly internet.

Dick
Plusnet Staff
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Protecting Children Using The PC

This is something we recognise too, but at the same time understand that not every customer would want this sort of service.

The internal trial we've been doing is with NetIntelligence software, whether this is something we will use I don't know yet as we haven't completed the trial and got all the feedback yet, but we will keep you updated.
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I think there are already plenty of packages out there, for controlling what children have access to, e.g. NetNanny.

However a lot comes down to common sense, but I know it can be difficult at times.
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It isnt always as easy as you suggest......
For example, my daughter is 10, and uses MSN (*sigh*) to talk to her mates from school. However, on at least one occassion, she has received messages from unknown persons, despite my removing her from any MSN profile systems......?@!:@!?

Also, my original question was just that......I have heard of NetNanny, but to be honest, I thought it was for secure servers - DOH!

I just wanted a list of stuff I can go look into, and not just for blocking websites, but to control what they can do on other sites, and to manage other applications. e.g. cartoonnetwork and other "kids" sites have links to register for stuff, and also (and this is really big business) RINGTONES, my daughter managed, without knowing, to register for a service which sent her some benall text, and charged her £2 - every day, for receiving the message.

I will look into NetNanny, but if anyone has a list of other software, that would be great, thanks


Big Vic