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    Smile We need to apply parental controls

    My daughter has recently purchased a new laptop. She has an older desktop (gateway)with windows XP, that she wants to give to her daughter & son.
    At this point she wants to see that the teens stay in sights that are child safe. With no ability to download ilegal content such as porn, music or movies. Is there a way to do this in windows xp?

    Thanks so much for your time

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    Try this link. I have given it to many a parent and all are very happy with the software. Others to research here if you need a choice

    kind regards,

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    Do you mean parental control? Look at this you will know how to block porn on your computer. If you want more choices you can go to http://www.parental-controls-software.net
    Good luck!

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    The problem with installed 'nanny' software is that any knowledgeable kids will bypass it in 2 minutes. By far the simplest and most effective, in that it can't be got around by even the cleverest of kids, is to sign up to OpenDNS, as mentioned in Moring's link. It's free and works very well.

    It involves changing the DNS settings, then going to the OpenDNS website and setting up the filters, which are password protected. If you then set up a limited account on the computer specifically for the kids, keeping an Admin account for mom, they won't be able to change anything back without her password.

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    Hi alsprink,

    I use my Parental Controls within my browser.

    What browser will they be using?

    You can set Parental Controls within the browser. In IE click on Tools, choose Internet Options, then click the Content tab.You can explore the options offered from there.

    Firefox does not have parental controls built into the base software package that you install on a computer. So, in order to set Firefox parental controls, you need to download an add-on to Firefox that will allow you to set parental controls.You will find that add-on in link below.

    Firefox Parental Controls
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    Unfortunately, they can download another browser to get around that restriction. Kids are very clued up these days, and if they aren't, there are lots of videos on YouTube with full instructions.

    The only real option is to put the filters on your connection.

    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaB View Post
    Hi alsprink,

    I use my Parental Controls within my browser.

    What browser will they be using?

    You can set Parental Controls within the browser. In IE click on Tools, choose Internet Options, then click the Content tab.You can explore the options offered from there.

    Firefox does not have parental controls built into the base software package that you install on a computer. So, in order to set Firefox parental controls, you need to download an add-on to Firefox that will allow you to set parental controls.You will find that add-on in link below.

    Firefox Parental Controls

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    As posted by arraknid:
    Unfortunately, they can download another browser to get around that restriction. Kids are very clued up these days,
    I agree with you wholehearted! These days you pretty much have to stand over your child. But...we can't protect them from everything!

    My daughter is 12teen. Her computer is in her bedroom. We have made a major mistake in doing this. We are in the process of trying to find space in the Family Room where we can over see her browsing habits. We do check the browser history on a daily basis. We also add sites that we find are not appropriate to the restricted zone.
    So far, she hasn't realized that she can work around this.

    We will also be looking into the suggestions stated above. Especially the OpenDNS.
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    OpenDNS will work very well for you. At the moment, hopefully she has her own account whish is a Standard Account - also called a Limited User Account, which prevents her changing any settings you may have put in place, or installing any software. If not, read this. You'll need it to work with OpenDNS, to stop her changing anything. Your own account should be the Administrator account with password protection (secret, of course).

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    As most of you know, i have children who use the internet.

    They use the desktop in tbe bedroom, whilst i'm downstairs on the laptop. I constantly have a window open, wnd a connection to the desktop via LogMeIn so i can see exactly whats going on at any time.

    The kids know this, and although its not foolproof, it allows them unlimited access to the net, with a watchfull eye.

    Its my personal belief that no child under 16 should be allowed unsupervised access to the internet, but thats totally personal.

    Just another option to the pile, but arraknids suggestion has to be the way to go.
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    For those interested, check out this OpenDNS tutorial video which explains how to get started.

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