I've got 2 teenagers and came very, very close to putting keyloggers on their systems. But my convictions won out and I didn't do it. A keylogger isn't a substitute for parental supervision.
You can protect your kids without using a keylogger. It takes involvement and trust. Being involved can let you see things that a keylogger won't.
Do you tape record their phone calls? Do you follow them around listening to what they say to their friends? That's the equivalent of what a keylogger does. That's not protection - it's control.
It also sends a message to the kids that they don't have any privacy, nor any right to it. Without that, they can't develop a solid concept of "self". Face it, kids are going to hide things from adults. But the adults are more experienced, observant, and alert to these behaviors. Using a keylogger tells the kids it's OK to spy on them - so they'll think it's OK to use it themselves. Where does it end? Kids don't think that they need protecting - so it's the parents job to do it anyway despite their objections.
If you can't trust them, lock them in a closet until they turn 18.
Some things that I think are important:
1) Put the computer where you can see the screen whenever you want (not in their room with a closed door).
2) Put surfing protection on it.
3) Ask them what they're doing - that will let them know you're involved.
4) Limit computer use - and stick to it. Use passwords to control access.
5) Realize that the kids are going to try and find ways around your rules - be flexible and observant.
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