How can I limit internet access for children?

September 5, 2010 at 21:51:50
Specs: Windows 7
i have got other users on my computer, i don't want them to have full internet access

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September 5, 2010 at 22:15:08
've seen this from both sides, blocker and blockee.
Unless you want to double check every day, I advise going with a physical solution rather than a software one. Software is weak, kids are relentless, a perfect pairing for failure. Not to mention the sheer fact that searching for un-blocking software may easily lead to the seedier side of the web, and your computer could become infected if they download some trial program they think will work.
The ideal solution to this is restricting the modem itself. At the end of the night, unplug it and lock it in a secure box. A bit of a pain, yes, but a very high compliance rate. I'd go the extra mile and cover the box with bells, but that's just cause I'd love to catch them when they tried! Don't restrict access via taking any cable unless you know they're non-standard or hard to find. You didn't mention their ages, but if they're old enough to have friends who can buy things online, it's easy to buy a replacement modem cord. Don't just unplug the cable, cause they'll figure that one out pretty quickly.

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September 6, 2010 at 05:57:54
I have to agree with saucome.

Myself, I kept the computer where I could actively monitor what he did online. I kept it in the living room not too far from the TV. My son was only allowed one hour of electronics per day, providing his homework an chores were done first. (ie: he had to take care of his responsibilities before he could play).

Most weekends I doubled his daily limit. On odd occasions when I was happy with him, I would give him more time as a surprise. When he did something bad, I grounded him from all electronics. Minimum grounding time was 2 weeks.

Being a computer geek, my son didn't dare touch the computer when he was grounded for 2 reasons.
1) I would know it in 60 seconds or less if he had - and I checked if I had to go out and leave him alone (once he was old enough to be left alone).
2) His grounding would be doubled, minimum, more if he really made me mad.

I personally wouldn't rely on electronics to babysit my child and I wouldn't rely on it to monitor his online activity either.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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