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Old 07-19-06, 01:41 PM   #1
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Internet Filtering Software

OK, I've realized that my 8 yr. old son is starting to realize the potential of Google and search phrases like "girlz boobs." There is a plethora of nasty images out there that I don't want my son to see. I know that some will say to only let him on the computer when i am present but that is unrealistic.

Who wants to stare at their kid for an hour while he is playing on Nick Jr? So what should my approach be? I am trying a product called safe eyes from www.safeeyes.com. It's ok, but so far i have found it to be a bit of a pain, not to mention $50.

IS there a simpler, cheaper solution? I want my kids to learn to be on the internet safely. I think it is a requirement for them to be computer and internet literate. In fact they both got email addresses when they were very, very young. I wanted to get them addy's with their actual names and was able to do so.

Thanks for any advice. I'll do anything, including tossing all my computers off the roof, to keep my kids from viewing any form of porn etc. Thanks.
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Old 07-19-06, 01:50 PM   #2
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Set your googe to "safe search"

They might as well learn it at home instead of the street corner
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Old 07-19-06, 02:00 PM   #3
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Set your googe to "safe search"

They might as well learn it at home instead of the street corner
I'm down with that. Just not at the age of 8 and 4 yrs. old. When the time is right, mum and I are going to put on a one act play and show them all how it works. OK, so maybe not, but I will give them the American Pie speech when the time is right.
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Heh, heh... why not he'll be the coolest kid in 2nd grade. Hell, he'd probably even get the condom market cornered through hight school.
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Old 07-19-06, 02:09 PM   #5
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Heh, heh... why not he'll be the coolest kid in 2nd grade. Hell, he'd probably even get the condom market cornered through hight school.
He already IS the coolest kid in second grade. He is my son after all.
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I think I was in the 2nd grade when we found the paper bag completely filled with porn in a trashcan by the soccer fields behind the school. I turned out perfectly normal!
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I turned out perfectly normal!
I beg to differ, Dog Poop.
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I beg to differ, Dog Poop.
Well... maybe I have an issue or two...
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In conjunction with whatever filtering software you might implement, you might also consider monitoring your son's behavior. Is your son aware enough to clear the browser history? If not, perhaps go through his browser history periodically to see what he's up to online. There's other software that could handle this if he's going to actively attempt to cover up what he did online, but if he's not covering up, the easiest monitoring is to simply go through the browser history.
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He already IS the coolest kid in second grade. He is my son after all.
S'ok, my kid has the condom market.
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I think theres a program called net nanny also.
I dont know if Bess is for residential use, but thats a little more sophisticated. Unless your son knows about PHP proxies, he will have a very tough time seeing porn. CGI proxies wont work, Bess sniffs out it's own kind.
Here is a URL of the first google hit I found:
http://internet-filter-review.toptenreviews.com/

Also, do you have comcast? I am pretty sure comcast has parental filtering. To be competitive, your ISP probably does also, I would call them up and check.

Searching history and passed searches via cookies in google is okay in the immediate. It will only be a short while until a kid tells your son how to clear all that anyways. Your probably running XP, it might have a feature to disable. Make your kids their own logins, and have all acess to preferences disabled. Not sure if they sell to consumers, but Fortress Grande 101 is nearly impermeable unless your son knows about Linux.

GOod luck
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Let them know what they are allowed to do, and the punishment for disobeying. Check the internet history after everytime they get on. Free, and simple.
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It would be somewhat time-intensive and very restricting, but one option is to create a user profile on your computer for your son so he has his own logon. Then you can edit the hosts file to only allow access to approved websites. You can get more details by googling something like "hosts file blocking."

Internet Explorer can be set to filter content in the options, but the filter is based on whether the page they are visiting rates itself as potentially offensive. As you can imagine, few do. Some of the add-on programs actually look for keywords indicating a page is inappropriate, but may be susceptible to false positives.

I think keeping a loose eye on the history is the best approach. If you want to get a little more in depth, you can search through the temporary internet files folder for inappropriate images, just in case they are misbehaving and learn how to delete the browser history.

Like others said, set rules for what's appropriate, and keep the computer(s) in public areas of the house so you can casually walk by. They'll know you might show up at any instant and be more likely to police themselves. Also, it's a good idea to set time limits for daily use and require them to have a task (whether it's to play a game or read about Jewish-Islamic relations on Wikipedia) when they want to be on the computer. While it's good to be computer literate, it only takes so much time to accomplish that. Plus, there's more need to have them rotting their brain in front of the monitor than in front of the TV or the Nintendo. They need to get outside, run around, learn how to dribble a basketball and throw a football, skin their knees and all the other parts of growing up. Furthermore, the less time they spend wandering aimlessly around the internet, the less likely they are to run into something you don't approve of.

My goodness, 8 years old? Curiosity is an interesting impulse.
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