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Can I prevent access to inappropriate sites


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#1 cmcvey

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:21 PM

Just bought a computer for my 9 year old. Is there anyway to prevent her from accidentally going to inappropriate sites? Don't know if I am in the right place or not. I'm hoping to find a software that can give me parental controls.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:44 PM

There are multiple different ways of doing this. The most common by going into your browser settings and changing the settings for what should be deemed as appropriate. You shouldn't need any third party software if you are just blocking websites for your 9 year old if you want to save money (I am sure there is free software out there). For example in Internet Explorer, you can block websites like this. How to change privacy settings in Internet Explorer for Windows

There is software if you wish called K9 Web protection. "K9 Web Protection is easy-to-use Parental Control and Internet filtering software that helps parents protect their children online. K9 Web Protection has the ability to block adult, porn and other offensive content, prevent spyware infections, and monitor visited sites on any Internet access connection (AOL, MSN, Yahoo, Earthlink). Based on commercial-grade Web filtering controls from Blue Coat Systems, K9 Web Protection is unique among content filters and it is free for home use. K9 can be configured as a porn blocker, a spyware stopper, a gambling filter or various other configurations based on our over 55 Web categories."

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 01:26 AM

Parental Controls - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows Mainly based on Windows7, and includes a short video -

There are several others if you Google "Parental Controls" but some are not free.

Set up Parental Controls and another free M/soft version for you -

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 10:09 AM

Just change your DNS servers to OpenDNS FamilyShield servers. Done.

https://store.opendns.com/familyshield/setup/

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 06:12 AM

First thing to do is talk to your kid about safety online, kids must know the basics like how much information can be shared online (like phone numbers, addresses) and whether it is ok to talk to or befriend strangers online...these things are very important because being behind a computer screen gives children a false sense of security, a good article on this can be found here, a bit lengthy but worth the read.

Regarding parental controls there are some free programs that will offer you basic protection against inappropriate content like OpenDNS and the built in Windows7 Parental Controls as mentioned above by other users there are also more advanced programs that are not free. When looking for a parental control program you want a web blocker that can block inappropriate content but not entire websites as OpenDNS does (for example you want to block inappropriate videos on youtube and allow cartoon videos..etc) and also record your kid's activity by recording screenshots and tracking visited websites...etc an example of this is HomeGuard Parental Controls also, keeping these criteria in mind you can always google to find the one that matches your needs.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 12:35 AM

Installed K9 Web Protection. It is working fairly well but still have a few kinks to work out. Will try it for a while to see if it is okay. If I'm not satisfied will try one of the other options above.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 02:18 AM

Had to uninstall K9 it wouldn't let us access anything. It worked too good. Will try something different.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 11:53 AM

Try Romeo29's suggestion in post #4

Just change your DNS servers to OpenDNS FamilyShield servers. Done.

https://store.opendns.com/familyshield/setup/

OpenDNS FamilyShield

Pre-configured to block adult content. Set it and forget it. Free.


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