how can we measure amount of downlad used up?

November 22, 2010 at 06:47:39
Specs: Windows XP
Our teenage boy downloads alot of movies etc. and somewhere in the second half of the month we find out that there is no download time left. It doesn't cost that much - in money - but would like to put some controls on his usage...is there a device we can download or purchase that can help us keep tabs on this? thanks
marag

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#1
November 22, 2010 at 12:21:19
Most Internet Service Providers (ISP's) their web site have somewhere where you can log in using your user name and password that you use for accessing the internet and they should have a somewhere where you can view data that has been used for the current (and sometimes past) billing periods. Try that and see how you get on.

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#2
November 22, 2010 at 12:57:41
Also you need to consider using other means to reduce bits.

One is simple spyware removal. Second may be to use a good hosts file and get firefox with script blocker.

Then tell your kid to stop downloading junk or let him pay for the service. Remember you are in charge. Aren't you?

If you have a good home router it may be possible also to limit things like torrents. They are illegal and could set you up for a very large fine. Also one can limit times with these.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#3
November 23, 2010 at 15:29:39
thank you both - now I wonder if there is some technology that would allow us to just monitor the downloads to his own computer (we are on a home network) My idea is to allow him a certain amount of download - and then it is up to him how he used it: ie: movie clips or other. ...and when he's used it up, that's it!...and that way we still have some to use ourselves! (I do understand this isn't a child discipline forum...but I bet alot of parents out there may have the same question!
thanks
marag

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#4
November 23, 2010 at 16:30:05
I would suggest web search parental controls, control downloads, download limiter to see what may serve your purpose the best.

You should also consider monitoring game site, facebook, porn access also. You may be surprised by what he is doing on the internet.

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#5
November 23, 2010 at 17:12:58
It may be possible to get a more sophisticated router/firewall. You may be able to build it from an old computer even. See untangle.com but there are many other choices like it.

Some ISP's offer controls. Dunno why they all don't. Seems to me there are a lot of parents that would like the ISP to control access where the kids can't bypass.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#6
November 23, 2010 at 19:52:31
You could disable the USB ports and CD drive for particular users. Then set access limits (see http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/412/... and set Disk quota limits for a user. Winodws XP Help explains how to set up disk quotas. If data cannot be dowloaded and stored externally via anything connected to a USB port or burnt onto a cd/dvd and disk quotas are set then that should limit downloads

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