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Parental Control Software / Hardware?
Any Suggestions?

 2:41 am on Mar 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

Any suggestions for a multi-computer, multi-cell phones with Internet access household?



 3:12 am on Mar 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

Big stick, bad attitude? ;)

I have a feeling there's nothing you can do about access via a cellphone (without denying the cellphone any access, as in not being able to make or receive voice calls).

When it comes to the computers though, one hardware solution would be to use the access restriction controls in your router. Another would be to utilize the hosts file on Windows machines.


 8:39 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

The best parental control software is parental supervision.

Parental Control Software is turning the nation of 12-14 year olds into a nation of hacker/crackers.


 11:55 pm on Mar 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

The best parental control software is parental supervision.

So does that mean you have kids and you speak from experience?

Do you or your spouse never leave your teenagers or older children at home unsupervised while you go out to eat, to work, to the doctors or to the store for groceries?


 12:10 pm on Mar 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Not sure of the software but a SonicWALL Hardware appliances seem to do pretty good job on content filtering.


 12:27 pm on Mar 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Google 'bluecoat k9'. Free, works.


 5:40 pm on Mar 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

Speaking from experience: :-)

You're correct, you can't be there at all times. Parental control software is just one more thing you'll have to set up and monitor. And kids figure out a way around it, QUICK.

When you're trying to teach kids - especially teens, who we're training to set free in the world - forcing their hand only makes them work harder against you.

We tried all this, including software, and none of it worked. Had a problem with a teen and video, killing our satellite bandwidth (which puts us in lockdown for 24 hours if exceeded.)

Warning one: We get another FAP, we unplug you for a month. Your choice.
Warning two: Next time, we cut the cable.
Warning three: there is no warning three. You have a job, get your own satellite account. You're done.

May seem a bit harsh, but as our kids get older, we aren't helping them by being a helicopter parent. Eventually, consequences are the only places real lessons are learned.


 3:39 pm on Mar 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

I'd say parental control software/devices work for children below age of 12. If your kids are older it's not worth the effort. Talk to them about the contents that they are allowed to see and about the dangers of exhibiting themselves on social network websites, the dangers of downloading illegal software, mp3, movies etc.

For children below that age I would suggest a positve list of websites they are allowed to visit in the access restrictions of your router while blocking all other websites.

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