preventing children from viewing porn etc

  lost cause 22:49 29 Jan 09
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I just caught my nine year old googling a phrase, which brought her straight into hardcore lesbian porn.

I've set my girls up (all primary school age) with separate limited access id's, identified them as minors and assumed this would auto block them from such sites.

What have i missed? Can I restrict them from doing what initially is 'naughty' word searches?

She probably thought it was a giggle, my girls are by no means sheltered, but the site she had such easy access to was graphic, and way beyond her years.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, I'd hate to have to change their passwords and limit them to only being online when I'm in the room. I know this internet is a two edged sword... but surely there are SOME safeguards out there, a restriction measure by filtering access to sexual content or swearwords perhaps?

Until I get this sorted, I can't let them online!

cheerssss

  Technotiger 22:54 29 Jan 09

In Internet Explorer go to Tools>Internet Options>Content where you will find Content Advisor, self explanatory.

  Technotiger 22:55 29 Jan 09
  MAJ 23:02 29 Jan 09

It is a problem, lost cause, and nothing will do what you want 100% of the time on 100% of the problem sites. As well as the Parental Controls suggested by the guys above, which children are quite good at by-passing, there are a few commercial packages which are supposed to be good, Netnanny click here being one of them.

  User-1229748 00:00 30 Jan 09

the trouble is some web blocking programs can cause pc problems and be difficult to remove and maj is right as a search for "bypassing netnanny" will probably be all that's needed to do :o(

  €dstowe 07:46 30 Jan 09

One of the big conversations in school playgrounds is how to bypass site blocking and nanny software.

  Halmer 08:05 30 Jan 09
  wotbus@ 15:15 30 Jan 09

I don't wish to sound pious at all, but I speak as a father of 2 myself.
You must expect ALL children to experiment, whether it's looking up "those words" in a dictionary, leafing through "those magazines" in the newsagent or material presented by their peers or as you have discovered, by searching the internet. Try it yourself and you will see how easy it is!
You must explain to them the best you can, not just the morality issue but also the fact that most computer virus is likely to come from porn sites.
Your explanation must terminate with the instruction that if they are discovered doing it again they will be banned from using the computer on the internet and you must enforce this irrespective if the computer is also used for schoolwork.
There is no way to completely block another user from searching words or phrases, so it has to be education.
It's not an easy situation but they are obviously a bit older than you think and because of this they are more likely to listen to you on a "man to man" basis rather than as a threatening, inflexible parent.

  wotbus@ 15:17 30 Jan 09

PS: Notwithstanding Technotiger's advice ;-)

  lost cause 23:23 30 Jan 09

Thanks to the positive feedback...first time on here and I'm well impressed with the speed and the willingness to help with your responses...

I tried the Content advisor, ended up having to put a password time everytime I blinked, tried the settings on the same tab for filtering content according to language and sexual content...

no avail...

wotbus...thanks...you make me sound like a right overbearing serial Mom...

what would you have me do... give my nine year old unlimited access and hand her a pack of three?

JOKING...thanks for giving a damn and trying to help :)

Surely some whizzkid can come up with a solution which will just block googling swear words specific to the user? I'm not looking to put a rocket into space...Usually I find if a dumb blonde like me can come up with an idea...somebody has found it first...so come on all you Einstein's...Where are you?

you google two fickers and see what it comes up with... :-D

I nearly crapped...

and I ain;t no angel... ;-)

(neither's my nine year old... the wee wildcat)

  lost cause 23:26 30 Jan 09

I DON'T want to do a China on them...just delay their foray into the big bad world of t'interweb...



they;re great girls really :)

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