IS there way to monitor another computer in real time

I need to monitor my young children's computers to make sure they are doing the homework they say they are. I have software that records screen shots, but I need to see in real time what they are doing....and in stealth mode. Anyone aware of such software? Spectorsoft is great monitoring software but wont work in real time.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I haven't tried this myself, but I researched it a while ago for a client and found that VNC can (supposedly) do it with proper configuration:

My client wound up not doing it (got cold feet on the concept), so I can't report success or failure. Here's an article that explains how to do the stealth configuration:

Regards, Joe
Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
Most remote assistance software packages can do this, if they have an "unattended" feature. I use ScreenConnect, and I often connect to other machines here in my house to do maintenance. It's not "stealth", but I believe there are settings that can made to make it much less obvious.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
In my experience, most cannot do it. Yes, they have an unattended mode, but you know that they are there and/or that they've been there. Two examples of excellent products with unattended, but not stealth, mode are LogMeIn and TeamViewer. Regards, Joe
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M_EpsteinAuthor Commented:
Joe and Scott:
I use logmein and teamviewer regularly. That wont work. Also, if the machine is re-booted, the monitoring software service needs to automatically restart. I will look into vnc. I used it years ago, but not in this fashion. Im interested in knowing if anyone out there has any other suggestions.
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Another idea is SniperSpy:

I haven't tried it, but it's worth putting on your short list. Regards, Joe

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M_EpsteinAuthor Commented:
That looks like what I need! I am going to call them and find out more. Thank you so much!!

Any other suggestions out there?
Dany BalianCTOCommented:
10 years ago, i used to maintain a few companies, and some of my tasks included monitoring proper use of the installed software (with or without stealth mode)

Norton's pc anywhere.. has an option where you can connect to a host, view it, and even record it (i remember they were like version 10.5 or so, i don't know if they updated it)

we also had a great networking tool called: Dameware's NT Utilities.. this tool had great features of which i name:
1. ability to install their service remotely (if you know the username or password) in case remote desktop was not installed
2. you can view their screen, and interact with it.. lock the remote keyboard and mouse... and finally you can login in view mode only, which will make your mouse and keyboard not move remotely, thus in stealth mode... (finally, the last point about this software is that, it shows an icon in the tray, that icon is configurable so that it won't show on remote computer, and i remember having a registry hack to completely disable it, for deployed installations)

finally i've also used RAAdmin which was great.. however, we stopped using it, because many anti virus companies started catching it as a false-virus.
Yes Real VNC can do the job. The paid version can have a security settings that do not reveal the client's connection. You need to buy multiple licenses. Each computer needs the server version. The viewer is free.

One educational advice . Try to negotiate the issue with your children, and let them know that what you do is for there benefit. This action is useful and it can help you to assist them even from office.
Better policy.
No computers in their bedrooms.  All access is in a public place, with monitors view-able to passers-by.

For that matter, no TVs, phones, or other digital media (games) in bedrooms.  Bedrooms should be quiet places for sleeping and reading.

All their digital sound is to be consumed via headphones unless in the game/TV room.  I even recommend closed caption enabled, sometimes including periods with a muted TV, to force young children to read.

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The only one I have ever heard of is KeyStrokes logger, This a slight variation on the former.
Keystroke Spy is a powerful tool that can log every keystroke users type and capture screenshots of their activities. Keystroke Spy can run in total stealth, email you when specific keywords are typed, and can even be set to only log keystrokes typed in specific applications. With Keystroke Spy you will be able to log websites users visit, emails they send, passwords they use, applications they interact with, typed documents, and see everything they did with visual screenshot playback!
Check out the possible uses for Keystroke Spy.
This maybe suitable for monitoring handicapped children.
ActivityMon Home/Family
M_EpsteinAuthor Commented:
Thank you everyone for all your help. I am going to try sniper spy because I think it will be a best fit. Lets see how it goes!
Thankyou Mark.
All the Best
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome. Good luck with the project. If you get a moment, please post back here to let us know how it goes. Regards, Joe
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