Suggestions on parental software on kids computer
by shillelagh (2012-12-28 12:34:22)
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We got our 15-year-old and 13-year-old laptops for Christmas. [The old Dell desktop wasn't able to handle the workload any longer.]

It's probably a good idea to get software to make sure that the kids stay out of trouble on the Internet, particularly given that the 15-year-old (whose a good kid, really) has learned to delete her tracks on Google Chrome. We have spoken with them about appropriate and inappropriate use, and the laptops are only to be used in the living room and dining room rather than in their bedrooms.

Any suggestions? NetNanny is one program that I've come across. Does anyone have experience with it or any other type of similar software?


Here are some reviews (link)
by mjv8198  (2012-12-29 15:16:34)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


Use both OpenDNS and NetNanny
by GreenhouseGasser  (2012-12-28 15:32:22)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

OpenDNS can be side-stepped rather easily if you have Admin on the laptop. I'm assuming that you're keeping the Admin keys to yourself and configuring the kids' accounts as non-admin users.

Additionally, OpenDNS only works at home. If the laptops leave the house or a neighbor has an open WiFi, it's wide open again.

NetNanny isn't terribly intrusive, it travels with the laptop, and it contains the threat of logging and screen captures. I could never really get these features to work, but its web content filtering is very good.

Even if you have great kids, the web is so tempting and powerful, you should err on the side of too much filtering.


OpenDNS is good *
by ndgenius  (2012-12-28 14:14:14)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


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