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Myth
15-12-2010, 07:21 AM
Ok, for a few years now, my daughter (6) has had her own computer.
Until today, she has never had web access - from home anyway. I know they allow access at her school though.

I have no qualms allowing her access to the net, but obviously want to restrict her access to safer sites.

I read this howto (http://www.wikihow.com/Restrict-Web-Browsing-Using-Internet-Explorer)and am wondering how effective this method is. Or should I be looking at other ways of doing this.

As for keeping an eye on her screen, thats the easy part.. her computer is located between mine and mum's computers :D

Addition: essentially, all I want to do is allow her access to say 5 websites. If she tries to go to others via links etc, she gets blocked

wainuitech
15-12-2010, 07:29 AM
That method is Ok if they use IE, but if they use Firefox, or chrome it wont work.

Give K9 Web protection (http://www1.k9webprotection.com/) a try - its free and works on all browsers. You can white list the sites you want, and block all others in the settings.

Myth
15-12-2010, 07:36 AM
That method is Ok if they use IE, but if they use Firefox, or chrome it wont work.

Give K9 Web protection (http://www1.k9webprotection.com/) a try - its free and works on all browsers. You can white list the sites you want, and block all others in the settings.Looks like it could be the ticket :)

I was also thinking of restricting access (during the school year anyway) from ~4pm-7pm - so that homework is done first and she not staying up too late.

GR8Metal
15-12-2010, 07:43 AM
+1 for K9 Web Protection. Have installed this on a few PC's and works well.

waldok
15-12-2010, 05:40 PM
I'm not sure how it compares to K9, but you can also try out the free Family Safety that's included with Live Essentials (Windows Vista & Windows 7). I haven't had a need to use it but I had a look at it, and it seems to do all the basics.

http://explore.live.com/windows-live-family-safety

cheers
W

Myth
16-12-2010, 06:14 AM
Oh sorry, should have mentioned OS.... was Win 2K originally, but K9 wouldn't run on this; so machine received a slight RAM upgrade and I installed XP.
So far the few sites that I originally listed as safe, the child hasnt been to, and is finding others lol .. Figures :D

Anyway, I guess this is all part of the config :)

I'm liking this though, I mean, even although it wouldn't run properly on 2K, I still received an email advising me "K9 had been uninstalled - was this intentional?". Great stuff

kahawai chaser
16-12-2010, 08:49 AM
I found that my young girl found kids games sites from TV show titles, or from other kids/books/bags/caps from school. The dress up games can become addictive. Many of those games sites plant adware/tracking cookies in the PC, which fortunately Spybot detects.

robsonde
16-12-2010, 09:33 AM
Addition: essentially, all I want to do is allow her access to say 5 websites. If she tries to go to others via links etc, she gets blocked

if you really want only about 5 sites....

add the 5 sites the to hosts file and then point the DNS settings to 127.0.0.1.

from then on the computer will only get to the five sites listed in the hosts file.
but if you need full access just re-point the DNS to a real DNS server and all is good.

this does depend on the tech skills of the child in question....



PS, you should add domains for windows update and your AV product too :-)

1101
16-12-2010, 09:34 AM
using IE content adviser doesnt work particularly well.
The best method is to have the PC/laptop in a area where you can can an eye on things (how long its used, what the are doing), ie not in a kids room.