This is technically privacy related, I think, but if it needs to be moved somewhere else please do.
I'm searching for the best, and FREE, option(s) for monitoring and/or restricting my children's internet activity. I have a daughter that has signed up to a few websites, mostly for games, that she was told NOT to sign up for. She's not 13 yet, isn't technically old enough to create her own accounts, so she lies on them... of course. She's not exactly careful with what she's doing on there and, there are a lot of weirdos out there, etc... I'm a paranoid, overprotective dad.
While I'd like to trust her, she continues to lie when I catch her playing games instead of doing her schoolwork.
I'm struggling to think of EXACTLY how I want to "fix" things. WHILE she's supposed to be doing school work, I think the best thing would be for her to have limited or NO access to the web... at least, through browsers. We use firefox mainly. But her school software sometimes connects to the internet to check for updates, etc. So, I wouldn't want to simply shut off internet for that computer.
Even if and when she's allowed free time, I will still want to monitor what she gets into.
So, while I'm trying to wrap my brain around what I actually want/need, I'm having difficulty finding good free programs. I see lots of different ones that do quite different things. I figure while I'm trying to figure it all out I might as well ask for some opinions.
Anyone have any recommendations for programs for this sort of thing?