Internet, Email and Parental Controls

My child is still young but is old enough to play with iPad's, iTouch's and Computers.  Is there a way I can monitor the internet, email and instant messaging activity of my child when he she uses a PC, MAC, iPad or iTouch?  The iTouch is the device she uses most often.
deklinmAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
My grandaughter is 5. She uses computers when adults are around or easily accessible in the next room. No closed doors. She has an iTouch (long story), but it is not connected to anything so far as I know. She uses her mom's iPhone only when her mom is around. I will probably let her use my iPhone too. She does not use email or instant messaging.

So for the time being, the status quo is good. I will implement parental controls as she gets older.

She like iTouch / iPhone much better than computers.  Look up starfall.com for your child.

How old is your child?

.... Thinkpads_User
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akahanCommented:
Rather than monitoring, why not just block access to potential problems?  The easiest way to do that (at least where the child is not sufficiently sophisticated to bypass your chosen DNS server) is by setting the DNS servers of your router  to OpenDNS, and using their (free) filtering.

check out opendns.com  Free, and very easy to set up.

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deklinmAuthor Commented:
My child is 10 but I'm pretty sure she believes she is much older. I have pretty much figured out how to monitor traffic from computers however I'm stuck on the mobile devices. Her grandparents bought her an itouch and iPad and for the most part she is near me when she uses them. But....I just want to be prepared.
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akahanCommented:
Assuming that you turn off the 3G on the iPad and let he access the net through your wireless, OpenDNS will pretty much cover it.  There's not much you can do, though, when they're using 3G.
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deklinmAuthor Commented:
Does anyone have any experience with the following product

http://www.surveilstar.com/tablet-pc-parental-control/Apple_iPad_2.html

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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
I started out with NetNanny on the home PC as soon as my daughter announced that she was using Google at school.

Then when she was 9 I gave her my old iPhone 3gs and decided to install a Draytek 2830n router at home and bought the additional filtering that can be added to that.

Her iPhone and the home PC now have fixed IP's and those IP's run through the content filtering, so I know she can't get to anything she shouldn't.

If you have multiple ways that she can access the web at home, I would recommend a similar system which only costs about £30 for the filtering and the router is the best I have ever used.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It is also important for parents (grandparents) to monitor activity and be seen to monitor activity (without being heavy handed). General rule in our house: You cannot use these things behind closed doors. It is one of the best learning environments.   .... Thinkpads_User
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you. I was pleased to assist. By the way, do watch the children!  My grandaughter picked up my iPhone a hour ago (she knows how to use it) and started snapping photos and videos in the family room. Keep your eagle eye peeled. .... Thinkpads_User
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Latest update - my daughter announced she can get to YouTube from our PlayStation, so guess that gets restricted next!

Thanks for the points.

Alan
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