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The best parental control

Posted 23 July 2014 - 06:21 AM

Hi,
I've got question for all parents. Have you ever used any parenal control software? If yes, which one exactly. I'm looking for something to set up control over my 9 years old son but there are so many of them that I feel confused. We've got windows 8 on our home PC and I don't want him to have access to any inapriopriate content websites. The software has to be easy to use, because I'm not so advanced in the computer things and of course relatively cheap.

Thanks for any help in advance!

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Re: The best parental control

Posted 23 July 2014 - 06:43 AM

I'm gonna go ahead and be the dick who says it:

The best parental control is involvement with and awareness of your child. Any software can be bypassed - trust me, I was 12 and my parents tried putting in software blocks. They were easy to get around. Putting up software blocks will only present a challenge to overcome, giving a reason to go to 'inappropriate' sites. It also establishes a precedent of broken trust - you don't trust him not to go to those sites, so if he does he has to hide it. From then on, everything on the computer will have to be a secret. If you reveal that you're reviewing his activity, he'll feel monitored. But, that comes down to how much you value his trust and respect.

Accepting the inevitability of accessing sites you find inappropriate is part of the decision in allowing the child access to the internet.

That said, OpenDNS is nice because it also helps defend against phishing attacks and the like.
http://www.opendns.c...s/opendns-home/
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Re: The best parental control

Posted 23 July 2014 - 06:53 AM

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I have two daughters - one preteen and one teenager. I solved the problem like so:

(1) they have no access to a home PC without my direct supervision,

(2) no internet access via gaming systems,

(3) Kindles are set up to require my password for wifi access (my password is 20 characters, selected randomly, and changes monthly),

(4) their smartphones are through Verizon which has (for an extra $5 monthly) a parental control setup that the parent line accesses from an app or directly from their VZW account online... this allows me to set content ratings for web access, as well as set monthly data limits on their lines (I don't allow them wifi access on their phones). It also gives me the option to brick their phones with the click of a button. Being grounded no longer means "we can't have our phones until mom goes to work tomorrow and we tear the house apart to find them", it now means "we get to keep our phones, but they won't do shit other than dial 911 until mom unbricks them", and

(5) if they piss me off, I'll gather up all the cables for all the electronics and take them with me to work in the morning so they can't so much as charge their phones or watch a DVD. Because I'm an ass like that. When momma says no, momma means no.

Ultimately, however, depricated is right. There is no substitute for parental involvement.
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Re: The best parental control

Posted 23 July 2014 - 06:56 AM

Plenty of options out there..

Examples:

http://www.pcworld.c...e-internet.html
http://www.techradar...ds-safe-1140315
http://www.pcmag.com/products/26690
http://www.pcmag.com...,2423632,00.asp
http://www.pcmag.com...,2423632,00.asp
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Posted 23 July 2014 - 08:29 AM

for the record I only have limited experience as a pseudo-step parent (never married her, but 4 years helping take care of 2 girls) but this was something we did discuss and have to address.
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Posted 23 July 2014 - 08:41 AM

My parents set parental controls up for my brother. He opted to boot the computer in safe mode to circumvent. All the software did was slow down an already old and bloated machine. A few years prior to that, my dad installed the Net Nanny for both of us. It ended up not working and bloating the computer. My dad forgot the password and wouldn't uninstall it.
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Posted 23 July 2014 - 12:12 PM

I have used Netnanny (not sure they even make it anymore) and it was entirely adequate for keeping the home PC off sites I didn't want the kids going to.

That said, I did check router logs regularly to make sure.
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Re: The best parental control

Posted 23 July 2014 - 03:15 PM

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when i was in like 9th grade my dad installed some of that shit on the computer to keep us off 'the pornos'

he got rid of it eventually because it also kept keeping dad off the pornos.
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Re: The best parental control

Posted 23 July 2014 - 03:37 PM

My parents never did any of that shit to me as a kid.

I'd personally pose this question: Do you want your children to be honest with you or attempt to find loopholes around the rules you have set for them?

In general, kids are going to be kids, and they will find a way to get around your attempts at censoring their content. If they can't get it working at home, then they'll do it at their friend's house, or at school, or the library, or somewhere else. Might as well give them a "safe" place to do what they are going to do anyway.

Just my $0.02 though
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Re: The best parental control

Posted 23 July 2014 - 03:40 PM

Perhaps in the age of parental controls, Playboy centerfolds will become the new high tech medium for 'the pornos.'
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Re: The best parental control

Posted 23 July 2014 - 03:41 PM

that's why my kids always use our heroin den and never a strangers heroin den.
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Re: The best parental control

Posted 23 July 2014 - 04:22 PM

View Postsupersloth, on 23 July 2014 - 04:41 PM, said:

that's why my kids always use our heroin den and never a strangers heroin den.

Faulty comparison is faulty.

But it's unsurprising you think of porn as comparable to heroin.
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Posted 23 July 2014 - 04:25 PM

Abstinence is the only sure fire way to keep your kids from getting into trouble. They are children, that's what children do. That's what I did, that's what everyone did.

As far as the computer goes, lock up the power chord, password protect your account, be over their shoulder.
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Posted 23 July 2014 - 07:04 PM

I've been a kid who has had a computer since I was about 5 years old, I got internet access when I was 9, not because my parents prevented my from having it but because we didn't have access to it.

I honestly have to ask the question, what is the bad thing in watching porn as a child?

I remember figuring it out when I was about 10 and I watched porn now and then (and did the stuff too), but I don't feel like I've ever experienced any issues or felt bad about it at all, I don't regret watching it, I'm glad I did because it was very enjoyable to do the guy stuff that it involved.

I even went so far as to talk with my mom who I lived with (Divorced parents) about it and ya, there wasn't much to it, it was just natural.

Does it have something to do with religion or why is porn such a no-go for you?
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Re: The best parental control

Posted 23 July 2014 - 07:40 PM

View Postdepricated, on 23 July 2014 - 05:22 PM, said:

View Postsupersloth, on 23 July 2014 - 04:41 PM, said:

that's why my kids always use our heroin den and never a strangers heroin den.

Faulty comparison is faulty.

But it's unsurprising you think of porn as comparable to heroin.

you're fucking dumb.
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