safe internet for children?

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  1. zx81

    zx81 Registered Member

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    Forgive me, not sure which sub forum to post this, so tried in general.

    I have young kids and I what I would like is a way to avoid there being any chance for them to click then click then go to some porn site etc

    I am in the UK and use BT broadband as internet provider with the home hub 2 hardware. All of the machines in the house have kaspersky 2011 internet security.

    Is there a hardware firewall I can use, or software to manage interent site access? I tried setting up kaspersky but results were mixed, maybe I wasn't using it properly?

    Anyone with kids got any tips?
    Is there a way to get the internet provider to have a "black list" of sites which prevent access?

    thanks
     
  2. Sully

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    I have used my router to do most of it. In the router I can build a list of approved sites (like lego.com) and then I can set rules that deny traffic to everywhere except this list of sites. The rules are per MAC address, so I just put my kids machines in there and it is all done.

    For homework and that sort of thing where they need to go wherever the answers are, they use a machine that is highly visible.

    My oldest is a teenager now, so I have had to adapt things quite a bit for him. I cannot control any longer what he goes looking for. But I can control what he isn't looking for that finds him. Personal freedoms are a precious right - and I have no problem controlling his online freedom if it means I keep that filth and garbage out of my sons world for another year, or two, or however long I can. At some point that fight is over, but I choose to stay in the battle to the end.

    See what your router has available to you. It might work wonderfully for young children like it has for me, depending on just how many sites they want to go visit ;)

    Sul.
     
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    OpenDNS has a good child safe filtering.

    Configure OpenDNS in your router, 208.67.222.123, 208.67.220.123.

    OpenDNS wont slow you down nor take up any disc space.
     
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    What does FamilyShield block?
    Adult websites that are unsuitable for kids
    Proxy and anonymizer sites commonly used by savvy kids to bypass traditional Web filters
    Phishing sites that aim to trick you into handing over personal or financial information
    Some virus-spreading malware websites

    http://www.opendns.com/familyshield/
     
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    Norton DNS has web protection for Adult websites and tons of others and is very good. Malware protection isnt bad either.:thumb:
     
  8. bryanjoe

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    Yup... OpenDNS is pretty good.
    just remember to install the OpenDNS Updater...
     
  9. zx81

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    great replies, thank you

    I am trying open dns - I had never heard of it before
     
  10. zx81

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    I should add that (found from google searching) BT (UK isp) have taken off the ability to set DNS in their router (Homehub 2), so it has to be done within windows software, or by using a router between the home hub and the home network

    I am leaving kaspersky software filtering going too, and between them looks like its working fine. I was able to get a website past kaspersky that opendns forbade.
    My kids are young but a teenager could get around the software set DNS easily; password on router would be the way to go. Being password protected in hardware means any smart phones in the home getting home wifi are content filtered too. Of course all the have to do is press router reset button...
     
  11. J_L

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    Lock the router in a safe place then, or hide it. Never tell them about the reset button.
     
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