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How to child proof your web connection

Protect you children online and monitor their use of the web

Download the free 14-day trial from CyberPatrol.com. Choose a password for the Headquarters, which is where security parameters are set. You’ll be asked for a password reminder question. Don’t make it something that’s easily guessed – such as the name of the family pet.

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Next, you’ll need to set a default filtering and access profile by choosing the Environment type. You should select the age group from the User Type list as well. Here, we’ve chosen Young Teen as the target age group. Once you’re satisfied with the options chosen, click the Open HQ button and type in the password you set up earlier.

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From the Manage User Profiles tab you can add extra profiles, which is useful if you have children of different ages. If you have multiple Windows User accounts, you can allow CyberPatrol to adopt them and switch between filtering profiles as they log on. Alternatively, set up profiles manually. Click on Create User to begin.

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If existing accounts are detected, CyberPatrol will ask whether you want to create a user profile for them. For a manual profile creation, select No and enter a username and password. Choose Allow Windows integration for the User Profile if you would like to associate the policy with the Windows login.

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Whichever method you choose, you’ll be presented with the same profile settings box. This shows the settings in place and extra options that you can select. You can adjust the level of filtering according to the age of the user, and the extent to which online activities are recorded. We’ve set recording to On – All Web Pages.

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To impose restrictions on when your offspring are able to access the internet or particular applications, head to the Customize Filter Settings list in the Options menu. Under Access Level, ensure Time Management is set to On and then click on the Customize button. On the next screen, click on Customize Time Restrictions.

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Ensure the correct profile is selected, then click-and-drag to select multiple blocks, or left-click on individual ones. With the times and days highlighted, click on the Set to Blocked Access button. To allow access in certain periods, select the blocks and click the Set to Filtered Access button.

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To limit access to an application, click on the Programs tab, followed by Customize Programs. Next, choose Add, Find New Programs. You can allow CyberPatrol to search automatically or you can browse to locate the application manually. Select from the list the programs you’d like to restrict access to.

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Under the Web tab you can restrict access to websites depending on their content. Click on Categories and choose a preset filter strength. You can adjust the sliders within each content category. For advanced filtering, click on the keywords and site access lists and add entries accordingly.

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To censor your child’s instant messaging, click on ChatGard. You can block any terms that could identify a user, as well as swear words. Click on Add to enter keywords or phrases, then define the IM programs to monitor under Chat Programs. To view sites visited and adjust surveillance, head to the Monitoring tab.

Child proof the internet

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