Safe internet browsing for kids

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April 21, 2009 at 04:11:34
Specs: Windows XP, 512
Statistics reveal that 90% of 8-16 year olds
access sites with adult content on the
internet. I wish to prevent my ten year old son
from venturing into these forbidden sites. He
has been recently initiated into using the
internet and we have listed certain sites which
he can visit on our PC at home. But I would
just like to take some precaution. Is there any

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April 21, 2009 at 04:31:34
I am sure there will be various software that you could install on the pc that would allow you to filter out various categories of websites, i don't actually know of any as such but a google search should return a few.

I do however know of a way to filter out content using by different DNS servers than your ISP DNS server, a site called allow you to do this for free, i have tried it and it is pretty good. What to do is go to their site, sign up and follow the instructions, this will require you to add 2 DNS IP addresses to your computers config and then select, from the opendns website, which filters you want to apply.

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April 21, 2009 at 05:02:24
Check out the following post - it's all about keeping kids (& yourself) safe online.


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April 21, 2009 at 07:12:01
Of course. Have you heard of It’s a great site which makes internet experience for kids very safe and interesting. It is very reassuring for parents to know that they will be in complete knowledge of their child’s internet activities. The site allows a child to receive emails from those in their contact list, email a copy of incoming messages to the parent, remove images within emails, remove links within emails, etc. and other such features to safeguard internet access.

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April 21, 2009 at 13:42:57
Also some ISP's that help filter content. Might be a better choice. Kid can't get around that.

Also some linux based OS's that offer content management.

If you need xp then all the net nanny and other programs like firewalls and programs from big name places like norton and mcaffe..

You kind of have to protect xp also on the web. Firewalls, AV and antispyware are a must.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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April 21, 2009 at 14:56:57
When my son was first getting into browsing the web I kept the computer he was allowed to use in the living room where I could keep an eye on where he went and what he did.

If this is feasible for you (have him surf under parental supervision) I'd add that to the list of things to do to keep him surfing safely/smart.

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