Kid's activity monitoring software

December 15, 2009 at 11:34:39
Specs: Windows 7, q6600
Is there a way, either thru software or networking the computers, for my wife on her computer downstairs to monitor what my 14 year old son is doing on his computer upstairs? I am somewhat familiar with products like Netnanny, but aren't those just filters and logs limiting certain sites? What she wants is something that when she tells him to go upstairs and do his homework, she can sit at her computer and see what is going on at his computer upstairs, whether he is in fact working on his speech in Word or just playing video games. Thanks in advance for any responses.

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December 15, 2009 at 12:37:19
Why not try this...

- Download a free trial version of some logging software.
- Use it to capture some activity - website addresses, key strokes, screen captures, etc. A little bit of everything that the software allows.
- Walk into your son's room and present him with the evidence that you are "watching him".
- If you want, make up a little white lie - "Son, I just wanted to let you know, because I love you, that I'm monitoring your computer activity in real time. Here's what I saw the other day."
- Leave the reports on his desk and walk out.
- Close the door to shut out all the screaming he will now be doing.

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December 15, 2009 at 13:40:20
Any computer system with a half decent anyivirus/antispyware security suite will detect such a thing and alert the user to the "Spying"

This is a parenting issue rather than a technical issue and I would suggest that trying to instal some kind of spyware on their PC is just the same as installing a CCTV camera in the room.

You are the parent. Set the boundaries for acceptable behavior and implement a system of reward & consequence.

The consequence for misusing the PC in the bedroom would be removal of the PC from that location to an open area in the house.

The only other thing that I would suggest is if you have broadband and share internet via a router then get one that is capable of providing comprehensive logs of URLs visited by each client system. I used to have a netgear router with that facility and my children knew that I could monitor every site they visited.

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December 18, 2009 at 11:06:50
You could also move the computer into an open living area so that you and Mom can see the screen at any time.


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