block kids' access to internet?

  bargain 20:23 25 Mar 07

Guys, trying to get a simple solution for blocking internet access for my kids.
Thanks to promotional CDs of Lego/Kelloggs etc my kids are waking up to the wonder of the web and are now keen on getting started with the Internet, whereas Mum thinks that this is way too early ......

I'm running WinXp Home, with three accounts, all secured with passwords and file sharing disabled: controller (admin), family (restricted) & kids (restricted). My security is made of AVG, spybot, adware, windows firewall, plus my Netgear GD834PN physical firewall (messenger disabled).

Leaving all ethical and educational aspects aside -having enough of these discussions already at home - is it actually possible without using specialist software to simply block all access for the kids account, e.g. Internet & e-mail? Just to be clear it's been decided that it has to be a black & white solution, i.e. no filtering content or fancy one hour a day rule etc. Thus I'm hoping that I don't need to resort to something like the NetNanny/Norton stuff, which tends to be high on maintenance and hogs the system. I've searched in the router manual, but it looks like it is only possible to block an entire PC. Also searched the Microsoft database but there doesn't seem to be a solution described either.

Can I block that one account in total somehow using the XP software e.g. in the Firewall settings? Or, can anyone suggest a good piece of software which can does it?

I know that eventually I'm going to need something more sophisticated, but for the time we prefer them surfing while one of us is present.

  skidzy 20:29 25 Mar 07

Give them one account with no internet access,remove any connection icons etc....

Though make sure all other accounts are password protected and maybe change the passwords monthly etc...

  Technotiger 20:31 25 Mar 07

Hi, you could try in IE, Tools>Internet Options>Content where you can set a password to restrict content.

  Miké 20:41 25 Mar 07

Or log in to the router and disable it, or alter one of the settings when you don't want the internet used.

  skidzy 20:48 25 Mar 07

Or even pull the power plug from the router until you need it next,obviously hide the power cable........bit extreme i know,but stops them using the net.

  Stuartli 21:49 25 Mar 07 beat me to it, although in my case it was the computer system's mains lead...:-)

  Stuartli 21:50 25 Mar 07

To be fair a computer system can prove a valuable educational tool for youngsters - the biggest problem usually is getting them off when their allowed period comes to an end...:-(

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