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I'm sure one or more of you has had this problem and have figured out the best answer.
We don't have AOL or Earthlink at home, just a regular ISP and cable broadband. We have my young nephew over for a few days while my sister and her husband are out of town. 10 year old is smart enough to type on the url line and types the word hot or something like that. Bammo. Boobies all over the screen. Wife wigs out when she hears nephew and neighbor kids giggling and she checks out what is so funny. They were supposed to be playing a game, but ended up on the net instead. Of course it's all my fault.

What is the best tool out there to prevent this from happening again. I don't care what it costs. The computer is running XP home and IE for a browser. There used to be something called surfwatch but I don't know if these programs will stop all the crud, viruses and spybots.

Can anyone give me a hand with this?
 

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If you want to see where they went, kinda late.........check out the history on your top toolbar.

JQ
 

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Turn off the computer, give them a ball, bat and gloves and send them outside.
 

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Not enabling them to use the 'net, or supervising their computer use is probably the only totally safe approach, but unlikely to be popular !

ISP side nannies are useful, but they tend to be a bit crude and they also get in the way of your own legitimate surfing. AFAIK Net Nanny is the only filter to allow profiles for each user, so you can surf unhindered but the kids are safer.

Net Nanny is $40.

Not to worry you unduly, but the biggest problem is not looking at porn (which is probably obtainable in the 'real world' to a smart 10 year old) but accessing messenger and chatroom services. Porn sites will not actively seek out children, the same can't necessarily be said of chatroom users, sadly.

Both Cyber Patrol and Net Nanny can block messenger services. Blocking chatrooms is much harder - although both give it a good go.

You should also check that they're not using p2p filesharing software. Legalities aside (largely theoretical in terms of enforcement) these carry a worrying range of adult material (including the kind of thing that would get a website shut down in hours :mad: ) and viruses, trojans etc.

Edit - Cyber Patrol does allow profiles now apparently (they are restricted to a limited range of sites, you still get to look at the good stuff ;) )

Further Edit - I like Craig's idea. Failing that - how are they with a wrench ?
 

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Thanks for the suggestions guys. I will check them out when I get off work tonight.
I travel a lot. I am on the road now. My wife has her own way of doing things and sometimes I have little or no input, but it's always my fault.
In this case, it was raining cats and dogs and the kids were supposed to be playing Sim City or something like that. Program croaked and they started snooping. Myself I don't think it was a real big deal, but she went nutso.
What about Symantec Internet Security? I see that it will handle multiple users too. I just don't want to put things on the computer that end up fighting with each other and we already have Norton AV on there.
Thanks guys.
 

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i worked for a school's IT department for a couple of months for my internship and they used n2h2. easiest way to stop ur kids from viewing that crap is to log off (err switch user) and then they cant get on. but make sure u have a password so they dont just click and get on.
 

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Check out

Zone Alarm with Web Filtering

It's mainly a top rated firewall - which should have anyways, but it has some "filters" on different catagories that you can enable. You can also set it so that internet explorer - or any other program, can't access the internet without a password
 

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My wife and I moved our computer into the family room right next to the (open) kitchen. It is out in the open for everyone to see. We can monitor not only what they are looking at but it is easy to monitor just how long they are on. Time is limited to 1/2 hour.

-Stu
 

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CobraBuilding - surely that's going to block incoming connections only ? Great for personal security and blocking p2p and messaging, but what Gerald's describing is run of the mill surfing for 'adult' material.

Simply killing the connection is definitely the most secure approach, if you don't want them on the net at all, then set up a strong password (not your DOB, the name of the dog, or 'password' (the commonest of all passwords !)).

All the software mentioned does essentially the same thing, namely having a keyword and url list that it blocks access to. This shouldn't have any effect on Norton AV. A firewall might, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't use one.

XP's firewall provides good protection (amazingly !) - it's well worth checking that it's enabled.
 

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Originally posted by Rocket Scientist:
Turn off the computer, give them a ball, bat and gloves and send them outside.
HUH? Better have a good lawyer of ya do this! They'll sue you otherwise! :rolleyes:
Not like when you and I were kids and Mom sent ya outside and locked the door behind ya! Ahh the good old days. :D
 

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I'm with Mike and Craig! While you're at it have the cable disconnected! I live in a valley that if you don't have cable you only get about 5 stations and only 2 of those come in clearly, one of which is PBS. I limit computer use an I don't have cable and my kids and friends think I'm a nut. But guess what...after my kids get bored with calling me an ogre, they pick up a ball, bat and gloves and go outside and have a blast! They aren't mature or enlightened beyond their years, they aren't 25 pounds overweight and their innocence is refreshing. Guess I'm just old fashioned.
 

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Thanks for all the advice guys. I will be going home this weekend and fix things up. Meanwhile I had her pull the plug from the computer.
 
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