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Friday, May 18, 2012

Computer Monitoring and Internet Filter for Children

My recommendation is to have a multi-layer approach. This will help prevent children from bypassing anything and it also helps protect him in case one layer fails.

1. Talk about the internet and have a gameplan
2. Configure the computer to protect
3. Install software to protect
4. Configure router to protect
5. Browser whitelist / blacklist

6. Install kid-friendly browser

 

1. Talk about the internet and have a gameplan:

"Chat" with your kids
Develop an open dialogue so that you can talk with your kids about the benefits and dangers of the Internet. Cultivate an interest in their online activities—their favorite Web sites, online games, and interests. And don’t be afraid to ask your children who they are talking to online and what they are talking about.

Agree on a game plan
Use the InternetSafety.com Gameplan to formally agree on your family’s guidelines for using the Internet. Post them near the family computer as a reminder. Ensure that your kids know to never share personal information on the Internet and that they should tell you about any online activity or contact that makes them uncomfortable.

Print this out and leave next to computer
http://www.internetsafety.com/safety-tips/gameplan/gameplan.pdf

2. Configure the computer to protect:
    Don't let children be admin on computer. Change the child’s account to a restricted lesser account like user.
    Install and configure Microsoft Windows Live Essentials - Family Safety

3. Install software to protect:
    The top 3 software I found are:

    KidsWatch
    $45.95 for up to 3 computers.
    Each year you will need to renew web filter for $29.95

    Cybersitter
    1 computer $24.95; 2 computers $34.95
    Don't know what annual renewal fee is.

    SafeEyes
    $49.95 for up to 3 computers.
    annual renewal fee is $49.95

4. Configure router to protect
    Create an account on opendns and configure router to use opendns.

5. Install browser whitelist / blacklist

Firefox

Chrome

6. KidZui.com, zoodles.com, kid-surf.com

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