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Can parents remotely turn on kids' webcam

February 3, 2010 at 21:25:18
Specs: Windows Vista
Is there a way to remotly turn on my sons webcam so I can see what he is up to?
I dont need to record anything. I suspect he isint where he is supposed to be. Or sometimes logs on a friends computer and pretends to be at home.
All the programs I looked at are way more complicated than I need.

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May 3, 2010 at 04:05:32
You cannot operate a web cam remotely without installing some software on the remote computer.

If you son is half as smart as most kids are to-day when it comes to computers he will soon realize that his web cam is being controlled remotely. When he discovers that his parents are spying on him, as he surely will, then that little thing called trust has disappeared for ever.


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May 3, 2010 at 04:33:24
Perhaps you could use something to find out his ip address.

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May 3, 2010 at 04:33:36
Yes there are ways to do it as StuartS mentioned but is it worth it? I believe you would have second thoughts once you have read our discussion regarding the Pennsylvania school webcam spying case HERE.


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May 3, 2010 at 08:27:32
Trust is a two way street. With children, trust is earned not just granted. This is called parenting.

I made it very clear to my children that computer usage was a privledge not a right. I would also check up on them when ever I wanted.

I would remote into my home router from work and review the logs to know if they were on and where they were going. I also did content filtering along with sending me an email. My son only tried once going to a porn site. If he wasn't scared straight from the netgear site blocked message popup then when I came home and talked to him about it certainly gave him a wake up call.

There are a number of parental monitoring softwares out that that are not detectable or removable by your children. They also give you a number of control/monitoring options.

This appears to be a really good one.

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September 12, 2010 at 11:54:10
Here's a tip. Tell him that you already installed cameras in the house. Hahaha, trust'll work

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