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Parents: recommend "net-nanny" type program??(6 posts)

Parents: recommend "net-nanny" type program??PaulCL
Sep 28, 2003 12:52 PM
I currently use a Norton program but it is screwing up my computer (see post below "Windows 98 Memory problem - thanks Kristin and Live Steam - I owe you one!)

Net Nanny gets lousy reviews. How about Cyber Sitter?? Any others? I have 5, 9, and 11 year old children who use this computer for school and to surf the net. Most of their time is for schoolwork, CD games, or online games. But now adays, just doing a simple search will pick up a host of porn sites. I've had my kids surprised a couple of times with porn pop-ups. (a miss-spelling of "Bob the Builder" gets a doozy! These scumbags direct the pornsite to little boys - I'd like to cut off their...oh nevermind). Any input would be really appreciated.

Thanks. Paul

PS. Kristin and Live Steam. Without going into details, I'm sure the Norton security program is causing the problems. Removing it and running disk defrag and scandisk helped a lot. Then I re-installed the program and guess what? The problems came back again. So Norton goes into the garbage. Thanks again. Paul
I set the browser to require password for every new siteContinental
Sep 29, 2003 8:09 AM
I have 7, 9, and 11 year olds who use the internet. They share 2 computers which are connected to the internet thorugh a wireless LAN. I have set the browser on their computers so that they can only access sites that my wife or I have approved. If they want go to a new site, either my wife or I need to type in the password and decide if they can visit one time only or add it to approved sites. It's not much trouble after the first week or so, and it's the only way to really know what your kids are seeing online.
not a parent, but...dr hoo
Sep 29, 2003 8:12 AM
... when asked, I usually recommend any software that allows you to whitelist sites. Blockers blacklist sites, keeping children from visiting them. But lists are always out of date, and missing some sites. They can also catch things that are ok, mistakenly.

Whitelisting (or enabling) allows your kids to ONLY go to sites that you have pre-approved. This works much better, at least until they learn to circumvent the software. It does require active parenting and involvement, which is a good thing.

I've heard of conflicts from Norton products before. You can try installing any current patches, which might fix the problems. Might not though. Worth a shot.
can't you just supervise what they surf?ColnagoFE
Sep 29, 2003 8:33 AM
I don't think I'd let a kid younger than 12 surf the net by him/herself anyway. And like it or not porn is a staple of internet life. They are gonna be exposed to it at some point no matter what you do so better to just educate them about it at a high level in my opinion rather than putting some kind of software censor on your computer.
Not always, hence the problemPaulCL
Sep 29, 2003 9:40 AM
My two older children have to use the computer to do homework. It is just not feasible to be over their shoulders all of the time. I would love to bring the computer to the kitchen (vs. the basement) buts its' just not possible.

My children don't realy 'surf' much. But they do look up things of interest to them: like the newest toy, Nickelodeon sites, Disney sites, info on fashion, research for a paper on dinosaurs, etc... The Norton program was 99.9% successful blocking out unwanted sites. I had no problem with its function, but it continually would screw up my system. And support had ended. We can't control everything our children view, but as a parent, I have to do my best.

My kids have hit porn sites very, very rarely. Dumb as this sounds, its' lucky that the porn sites merely had a picture of a nude woman. My girls just thought it was funny. In both instances that I remember, they immediately came upstairs to bring Dad or Mom downstairs to show it to us. (Dad then bookmarked the page for future study). You cannot educate 5, 9 and 11 year olds about porn sites - that is too much for them to understand. Normal curiosity would bring them back to the sites and hence see things they cannot comprehend or be exposed to. Better to protect them now, and explain later (or now if so forced).
That's funny53T
Sep 29, 2003 11:15 AM
I can only stand to see the Pokemon site for about 30 seconds, and I am out of there. There is no way I am going to supervise surfing by my 6 year old.

High level education is a good idea, we are trying to avoid detailed instruction!