Does Parental Control Slowdown a PC ? How to block certain Site

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  1. Nevis

    Nevis Registered Member

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    Hello,

    I have never used parental control but thinking of using them due to some reason. I wanted to know whether it would lead to significant slowdown?

    I know that it would involve URL checking etc which should slowdown browsing but is it really significant slowdown.

    I just want to block certain categories of websites ( like adult sites etc). I know following methods would do it:

    1. Parental Control
    2. Norton etc DNS
    3. Host files


    Which method would be best and is there any other resource friendly way to achieve the same.

    Thanks
     
  2. Aventador

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    I have had several customers and clients ask me this same question. First of all none of them I have ever tried slow down a pc or browsing. Also you need to ask as a parent what do you want to block or monitor. Norton Online Family is great. It blocks categorical based on age. It also can provide you with a history of what your child has been doing online. You can control in remotely and also terminate there connection. Norton DNS is a fast and easy way to block mature content but keep in mind that if this is the same pc you use it will block you from it also. OpenDNS also has a family shield but I find it less effective. Last but not least is Windows Family Safety. It is on par with Norton Online Family but does not give you as much detail. So are you looking just to block and filter content or are you looking to monitor your child while online?

    There is also K-9 Web Patrol but it can be a bit of a pain.
     
  3. Niels

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    What you also can use is a child-friendly browser such as my Bee. For more information please visit the website. I don't know if you can install it in English. In my country it's very popular.

    Using methods 1 and 2 is enough to achieve what you want.
     
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    you can block websites in your router by using keywords or full web addresses etc(most routers)
     
  6. Taliscicero

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    I do think that for kids, parental controls to block pornographic content is good. I do disagree with "monitoring" kids in an active format. I think its a breach of trust and privacy to even monitor kids online and looking into what they are doing. I think if you have a program that blocks these things then it should be enough and not require you to breach their trust and privacy. Privacy is important for under 18's as well. What gives you the right to take away their privacy? You would not like me looking at what you do, so even if they wish to look at inappropriate things, you should not be watching. The program is there to do that job for you without breaking their trust. :)
     
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  7. Dark Shadow

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    Trust is earned and if your kids break your trust its parental rights to monitor them.Beside its not always about monitoring just the kids, its about keeping them away from dangers of online pedophilia freaks and other imminent dangers.If it means monitoring my kids to keep them safe then privacy means squat to me and until we become a parent a good parent one will not truly understand the way a parent thinks or protects there children.

    As far as parental controls,I have never experienced any slow downs and any of the suggestions giving already should suffice just fine.I set up norton DNS on my kids netbooks and it works fantastic.
     
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    How in the world would a pedophile be able to contact your child if they have a parental control system in place, seriously. Watching what they do is spying, and you know it. Its also unfair to them. If you wanna spy on them then why not give them a printed log of 100^% of your surf habits. You know, your kids may not be happy with what you view either. I grew up on the internet and never had a problem, my folks tried to put parental controls on my system about 10-12 years ago and it just made me mad for the very reason im saying. I got them to remove it and have never had any issues with leaks of information and or people online. I also have another more out-there view that kids will learn things growing up and more then likely be curious on the internet, if you take away that form of learning you could very well find them "trying it out" at school or a friends house because they have no way to learn otherwise and could very well cause drug abuse or teenage pregnancy. I am in no way saying kids should be looking at that stuff, but merely saying the internet is a tool of learning that can be used in a good way or a bad way and depending on the intelligence of the kid you may not even need monitoring at all. I myself knew more then my parents about "everything" including computers, mechanics, medicine, literature and most others because i was given free reign of what i wanted to learn and im sure i would not be as smart as i am today without that freedom of information.

    What ever happened to. Yo kid, don't give out your name or location and don't talk to strangers, and also don't go to any bad parts of the internet.

    It does not work for you, because your kids don't respect you. Why should they when you want to take away their privacy? ;)
     
  9. Dark Shadow

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    Thats why they have a thing called sitting down with your kids having talks.Duh.My kids are happy and doing very well thank you.Save the preaching for church or for your kids if you have any.:rolleyes:
     
  10. Nevis

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    Firstly, Thanks everyone for replying.

    I see that my post is also turning into debate abt kids privacy which I did not expected :p


    I do not have any kids. I just want to block Adult sites on my PC.



    Thanks for the links. I am checking them out.

    EDIT: I checked above links but they dont have database of such sites already blocked. The want me to enter a site to block it. I want all adult site to be blocked
     
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    bet you don't have young kids:-its not just a "trust" or "privacy" thing,some websites can pop up in a perfectly innocent search,parents do have an obligation to protect children if possible from any and all things harmful,and some sites can be harmful to young kids!and kids(young kids) in general are very/too trusting so asking them or telling them not to give names or details out may not always work as they will trust who is asking for them,if you do have kids would you let them play on a motorway or major road?if you don't are you removing their freedom or their right to use their own opinion of what is dangerous?
     
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    @ Nevis,Sorry about that. it was not my intention to Hi Jack.
    The DNS parental control would be the lighter way VS a AntiVirus security suite with parental controls, But as you already no that Some Antivirus suites are lighter then others, but still not lighter then just a DNS change.
     
  13. Aventador

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    Norton DNS and be done with it. Thread closed.

    https://dns.norton.com/dnsweb/huConfigurePc.do
     
  14. Nevis

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    I also think that NOrton DNS would be the best solution for it. It would not slow down my PC, its free too.

    Only downside is that anyone can change the DNS settings easily.
     
  15. Aventador

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    No not true. Any child under the age of 18 should be under an LUA. That where there only an Admin can alter a connection or DNS.
     
  16. Nevis

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    Could you pls share some more info or useful links on this as I dont know how to implement LUA for below 18 years old.
     
  17. Aventador

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    No special instructions needed. The problem is most people only use one account to log in. They all everyone to have Admin rights. Well just make a login account for each pc user. Dell of them should be standard accounts and you are the only Admin. Set UAC to quiet mode so it doesn't annoy you but blocks standard accounts from installing or uninstalling stuff.
     
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