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Web browsing restriction software for online schooled kids

Darn Minecraft obsession is getting in the way of school



11:51 pm on Apr 29, 2013 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

My kids go to school online. Which is normally awesome. They have teachers and classes, but they stay at home and we have alot of freedom for traveling because of it.

But, about a year ago, my kids discovered Minecraft and are now obsessed. The game itself is not a problem, because I can hide the software on their computer when they are not suppose to be playing it. But they have to be on the internet to go to school and they have been sneaking off to watch or read everything they can on the internet about Minecraft.

I know that a normal web filtering software can restrict where they go all the time, but during non-school hours, I actually don't mind letting them loose on the internet.

So, I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a web filtering software that can restrict by time of day. I don't mind them brushing up on Minecraft in the evenings, but during the day, I need to restrict them to their school website. Any suggestions?


8:38 am on Apr 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Have you checked your router if you have one?

I have a Netgear R6300 and built into the router is keyword, domain and service blocking. Those can all be scheduled.

There is also a parental control but that requires some management software is installed. I don't know if it can be scheduled.


3:29 pm on Apr 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

I'll take a look at that. Thanks!