Search HISTORY of my kids computer activity

May 12, 2011 at 04:09:38
Specs: Windows XP

I Recently bought a Home Computer and Notice that All though My Children spend a Large Amount of Time on the Computer there is Never No HISTORY to be found now that I'm not Very Computer Lit. I'm not sure for 1. if they deleted this tab it Comes up and Says Search?? but no History is there any Other Ways of Search For What My 10 and 13 yr old are doing while i'm not home.???

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May 12, 2011 at 04:53:13
If they are using Firefox or Chrome, it might be tough to find. Bypassing IE is easy enough.

Use an application such as netnanny. Block the entire internet (blacklist) and allow only certain sites (whitelist) you approve of. It is password controlled. There are christian groups that have services you can subscribe to - provides DNS and site lockout services.

Any scheme can be bypassed, if smart enough. Had a teen bypass the administrator login password in Windows using a boot CD. Their friends assisted. That could have been prevented with a BIOS setup password with other boot devices locked out.

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May 12, 2011 at 13:58:29
I really feel sorry that I can't give a great answer to you.

The real answer ought to be that ISP's should be required by law to restrict access to the web to families. It would be a fairly simple matter to have a law to rate sites like any other public product and force ISP's to offer ratings levels.

Until public officials care about children the second best way is to have a firewall device that only you have access to. Some home routers have some firewall features and some time restrictions. Kids may not be able to bypass that.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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May 12, 2011 at 15:47:20
You would be advised to get a program like netnanny or cybersitter installed so you can capture the information you need.

Never ever allow children unrestricted internet access.
Reading the news makes this abundantly clear.

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May 13, 2011 at 02:06:37
MomOf5, sadly our kids are generally more computer literate than we are AND they share knowledge amongst themselves. Getting 'around' history so mom & dad won't know what they're up to is a common 'kid' thing and their devious minds have figured it out.
The only defense I've heard of has been noted by previous posters. The extent to which countermeasures need to be applied depends on how determined the kids are. Some are worse than others.
Ed in Texas

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May 13, 2011 at 15:56:51
If you're on a budget, some other possibilities: OpenDNS offers some pretty good non-intrusive filtering for free. MS and K-9 offer stronger parental controls, also free.

If the history has been wiped, that alone would be concerning - though they may be using a different browser.

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