Parental control software

Laurie - posted on 05/15/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I have an 8 year old daughter who is beginning to show interest in going online. Normally, I'm in the room with her when she is online, but I don't want to be standing over her shoulder all the time. However, there are too many chances for her to click the wrong link and get drawn into something nasty. Can anyone recommend good parental control software, so I can have a little more peace of mind? She likes children's sites such as Cbeebies and Webkins, likes to find animated video on U-tube and search google for information on all things scientific. As you can imagine, I could be standing behind her chair for 30 minutes at a clip. I find that listening in to the music etc, doesn't ensure she is on the page I think she is on. Once she clicked a link to 'cinderella' and got a make-over video which is fine, but had nothing to do with cinderella- I imagine that nasty people could use innocent words like that to draw kids in.... Anyone with software out there that they are comfortable with? Thanks.

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Jackie - posted on 05/15/2012

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Are you using windows. You can make her own name on an account and you can make it rated g and the computer will block all things that are not rated g.

Stephanie - posted on 05/15/2012

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I don't know of any software that can limit search engine results, sorry. But what you could do is have her make a list of things she would like to look up before going online. Together search and bring up the approved content in tabs. When she is done with each tab she can close them out. If there is something else she wants to see or look into she can write it down when it comes to mind and then you can again load approved content.

Oksana - posted on 05/30/2015

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Dear Laurie!
Being a mother of 9 year-old girl, I understand you very well! If there was a chance to protect my daughter's using the Internet! But it is the demand if time! Earlier I just downloaded cartoons for her, so she just watched them on my laptop without using the Internet. But she asked to present her a tablet on her birthday and started wandering different websites. I'm not always able to sit near her at these moments. My colleague advised me to install http://www.refog.com/ and now I feel more calm - I can limit the sites she can visit and check the time which she spends online. It is very convenient and simple in usage and settings.
Hope it will also help you!
Best wishes to you and your little princess!

Marty - posted on 05/22/2012

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If you are looking for full parental control that monitors & controls everything kids do online (including Facebook) , as well as blocks inappropriate websites, and does linguistic analysis to watch out for dangerous behavior -
such as internet predators or cyberbullys -
check out McGruff SafeGuard's Parental Control system:
http://www.GoMcgruff.com

You may remember McGruff “The Crime Dog” - Take A Bite Out of Crime - from your own childhood

For FREE iPad/iPhone parental control, check out http://www.GoMcGruff.com/browser

Lisa - posted on 05/16/2012

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The big thing is to avoid the regular browsers. Try Yahoo! Kids or
http://familyinternet.about.com/od/compu...

It's the searching that causes problems, even unintentionally b/c standard browsers will not do much to check content- even if you have all the safety options on! The way those certificates work, is dependent on the author of each and every website to comply with the true nature of its content, and many don't or leave it blank so the browser just looks for keywords out of context. You are better off either limiting her to something like the above kids' browsers that have a limited number of sites, or talking to her to find the best sites both you and she can agree on and then making them links on her desktop with strict parental controls that don't allow her to link out of them (a more difficult task but one that allows more variety if this is important to you)

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Rachel - posted on 06/24/2015

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I suggest that you uses some solutions like those from http://www.familoop.com website. They are created for parental control of Internet and apps on different devices. I guess, you will find it helpful

Karen - posted on 05/16/2012

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I have used the sight called "K9" It was a free sight that you sign up for ONLINE and download. It was nice because you could set up your computer to block different levels of offences. Each level blocks a different set of offensive or inappropriate sights. You can type in a password to allow you to bypass the block. .
I also wanted to add that when my daughter began getting on facebook,etc, and got her own phone in middle school , I made sure that she understood that I must have all passwords and that I will occasionally check her text messages, facebook. She also had to get my permission before she added any new friends to her list . I know mom's who never monitor these things and find out from other people what their girls are into!

User - posted on 05/15/2012

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I use Zoodles.com and you can set your own ratings for your child. My daughter is 7 and has been using zoodles for 2 years now. She loves it.

Nika - posted on 05/15/2012

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Google > more > even more.... that might allow you to limit search engine results somewhere....

Tara - posted on 05/15/2012

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I usually just lock down the computer so any kids that access it have access only to a very limited number of things, but I used to do computer tech support for a living so it's something I just do out of habit.

Here is a link that might help you find a software that works for you: http://www.pcmag.com/category2/0,2806,1639158,00.asp

The link has info on 84 different programs, along with reviews and info that might help you make a decision you are comfortable with.

Angela - posted on 05/15/2012

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You need to get some sort of internet filter because this is the curious age for kids. Not only is there the trash that predators use to lure in kids but there is also the temptations children this age get. One google search of words like "naked" or "sex" and your child has their innocence sucked right out of them. Anything warped that they see they will never forget. I am very strict on my son ever since I saw this was a problem. I do not allow browzing without my active participation. Ideally, though, a filter should be used.

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