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Child protection online - is it possible to disable chat sites in the router? Any good parental software?


I tried net nanny years 5 ago and it was rubbish.  Perhaps its better now.

Any good parental software?
Any settings on routers that can disable chat sites?

Does vista or win7 have any parental settings built in?




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TonyRebaCommented:
Yes they do, this are the steps in windows 7

http://www.techtalkz.com/windows-7/516005-how-configure-parental-controls-windows-7-a.html

You can always use too a internet security software such as

Trend Micro Titanium Max Security
Kaspersky Internet Security 2011

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rocmanCommented:
You can use https://www.opendns.com/ as your DNS server (either via the router or Windows). It allows you to ban sites based on a classification.

Windows Live Essentials also has a (free) Family Safety component for monitoring and controlling access to the internet ... http://explore.live.com/windows-live-family-safety?os=other
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fcekAuthor Commented:

rocman:
Im framiliar with open dns
But - how do you  ban sites based on a classification using it?
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rocmanCommented:
Once you have an account, you can set your IP address and go into the dashboard. In the Settings tab, you can select the categories of site which should be banned ...

 Screen shot of OpenDNS dashboard settings
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fcekAuthor Commented:


rocman:

Open dns - do you need a static IP address for your router for this to work?
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rocmanCommented:
Static IP is preferred but not essential. You can install software on your PC which notifies OpenDNS wenever your IP changes. See https://www.opendns.com/support/article/90
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rocmanCommented:
If you need to lock things down more, it sounds like you might need to spend a little money to get the sort of flexibility that you want.

We used Integard (http://www.integard.com/) for many years and were happy with it. It was flexible and managed to keep ahead of all the tricks that teenagers get up to.

Here are a few other links that I used when researching the topic ...

http://kids.getnetwise.org/tools/
http://edition.cnn.com/2007/TECH/internet/03/23/safeonline.101/index.html
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fcekAuthor Commented:

I was ill as apuppy for a few weeks.
Im still working on a solution.

Thanks,
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