How do I monitor my kids online? What are others using?

April 14, 2017 at 19:18:59
Specs: Windows 10, i7 6700/12 GB RAM
I have preteens and teens in my house. We're starting to wonder who our teen is talking to online. The little ones, I need to make sure the web is filtered. I need a solution that can monitor PCs, tablets and phones. I need to know who kids are talking to on facebook, snapchat, etc within the apps on phones and tablets. I need for it to work on and off my network. Any suggestions of a good product?

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April 14, 2017 at 20:23:39
I've heard really good things about Content Watch/Net Nanny.

Doing the best I can here... And remember, there's always more than one path to success. :)

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April 14, 2017 at 20:34:17
In the day of tablets and smartphones, I can't force my kids always to connect on my network in one room. That would be an uphill battle.

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April 14, 2017 at 22:55:16
In the end, you can't control them and any attempt to do so, or to spy on them, is going to be counterproductive. Talk to them; trust them. You start that process by ensuring that they can trust you.

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April 15, 2017 at 12:36:21
Giving them good advice, talking to them about the dangers and how to avoid many of them, and make sure that they are comfortable coming to you when they are not sure of something they see, hear, or may have clicked on. If you keep the dialog open, they will too and you can become more comfortable with it as well, as they come to you with their questions and problems. Make sure that they know that anyone asking them to meet them somewhere is probably not good and if any meeting is going to happen (that you approve of) you need to be there to make sure that they are safe. The biggest danger is an adult pretending to be a child and befriending them with a hidden agenda.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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