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« on: August 18, 2008, 10:42:22 PM »

Hey y'all,

 Next week my nieces and nephew will be staying with me a few days while their mother and daddy go on a marriage retreat.  My nephew is old enough to baby-sit his two sisters while I'm at work but I'm concerned about "computer time".  Have any of you used any of the content blockers/filters that are available?  Which one's did you like/dislike and why?  Thanks a million in advance, y'all! Wink

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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2008, 11:10:16 PM »

If you have an internet security program, you may already have a parental controls installed.  That's at least enough to limit/deny access when you are away.  (And if you have a gaming console, he may not care.)
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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2008, 11:53:39 PM »

Hey y'all,

 Next week my nieces and nephew will be staying with me a few days while their mother and daddy go on a marriage retreat.  My nephew is old enough to baby-sit his two sisters while I'm at work but I'm concerned about "computer time".  Have any of you used any of the content blockers/filters that are available?  Which one's did you like/dislike and why?  Thanks a million in advance, y'all! Wink

 In Christ,
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Password protect it don't let him use it when your not home ,,,let him wait till you get home ..so you can monitor what he's doing on it .....problem solved....
 or create a sub account for him with his password  but password your administrative account..means he can't ruin yours accidentally ...sub accounts dont allow a person to down load things to your computer...hope this helps...SmileyCentral.com" border="0
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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2008, 12:56:15 AM »

K9 Web Protection is a good freeware one.
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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2008, 09:07:18 AM »

When I was a kid, my parents used Net Nanny. Really, though, the best defence was looking up the Internet History (I didn't know how to delete it at the time). Today's kids all seem to know how to cover their tracks, I think mainly because we've learned better how to track them.

Stashko's advice is best, I think--there really is no substitute for actually monitoring them yourself. You don't have to stand behind the screen the whole time they're on, either; just watch their behaviour patterns for anomalies. If they're acting guilty, they probably are.
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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2008, 09:16:50 AM »

If your nephew is old enough to babysit the other two, he's probably a professional hacker by now anyway.   laugh  It's incredible how much kids know about computers these days!

I agree with Stashko, you're probably better off just password protecting the computer until you get back.  No guarantee that it will hold him at bay, though.   Grin
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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2008, 01:36:57 PM »

Update-

 I've downloaded TrendMicro's PC-cillin and (hopefully) blocked all sites that have certain key words. Cool  In addition, I plan on locking up my laptop as well.  I gotta say I'm just completely dumbfounded (and angered) as to what certain seemingly innocent words calls up. Angry Angry
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2008, 04:38:14 PM »

^ Yeah, I remember when I was a kid and the Internet was a new, scary place. On one occasion, when I was about 8 and my brother 5, he and I wanted to visit the Website of the Playmates Co., makers of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles dolls, which we enjoyed at the time. Little did we know what would occur when we visited "www. playmates. com." We were too embarrassed to say anything about it, and my dad, who saw the page in our browser's history, confronted us about it. We were too young to know any better, and he could see that it was unintentional, so no harm done. We learned an unpleasant lesson, however, about what's available on the Internet.

OOPS--didn't mean to create a link!
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2008, 04:44:03 PM »

^LOL!  Sure, just make it available for all to see!   laugh

I did that a couple of times too, trying to type in the hotmail.com address and accidentally typing hotmale.com.  The two are quite different.
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« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2008, 04:47:25 PM »

I also discovered during a junior high civics class that the President's Website is not whitehouse .com. There are some crafty people in the IT business, especially in the porn industry.
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« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2008, 05:25:11 PM »

There are some crafty people in the IT business, especially in the porn industry.

That they are.  I remember years ago when the mistype "www. yahpp .com" wouldn't give you 404 error.
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« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2008, 12:15:37 AM »

I also discovered during a junior high civics class that the President's Website is not whitehouse .com. There are some crafty people in the IT business, especially in the porn industry.

When I was in year 7 I had a medieval project to do so I typed in www. middleages .com, ah yes I can't believe there was a time when I was even more naive.
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