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    parental control software

    does anyone have a recommendation please ?

    ideally I want to be able to limit internet access on android, iOS and windows PC - both type of sites visited and time of day

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    Discipline.
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    Formerly sbc23cam Steve Clark's Avatar
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    I'm in the 'don't bother' camp too. I moved our PC's into the living room and keep half and eye on what they are doing and watching (age 8 & 10). The Mrs retains the right to check through their WhatsApp accounts occasionally. The only major problem so far was first-born repeatedly downloading some dodgy social media chatroom thing (Musicly?). She got a warning, then phone confiscated for a week.

    I realised locking down was pointless when we tried to block youtube on the PC's using some microsoft app. The lad setup a new playstation account on the ps3 for himself, verified it using his own email, downloaded the youtube app to that instead. He was 6. I was secretly proud.

    For time-management wifi, have a look at the unifi gateway & AP stuff. It will cost ~200 but is very good.

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    Asus routers tend to come with okay time scheduling and site-type filtering features built in. What's really nice is that you can control it from your mobile without having to find a pc, log in to the admin console etc.
    OpenDNS is a good way to restrict some kinds of sites from your home broadband (set it up as the DNS on your router).

    That said, they'll find stuff you would prefer them not to see one way or another - just using the data on their mobile phones rather than the home wifi can be a pretty easy workaround.

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    I'm getting to the "don't bother - just talk to them and trust them" stage, but mine are 14 and 16 now, and fairly savvy.

    Time blocking wise: I have a Linksys router which can block individual devices by time.

    Content blocking: I use OpenDNS (free) to filter content as required (you can block individual sites, or just use the in built porn/malware/social media/etc categories to set your level of filtering.

    The content filtering relies on the router being set to use the OpenDNS DNS server. There is a way to bypass this if you change the device's DNS settings to use Google DNS, and I'm sure it won't be long before the kids figure that out (they teach them pretty well at GCSE Computer Science). I think they need admin rights to do that (which they don't have, although 16 year old just asked for it)


    We used to use OurPact on the phones, which let you block certain access or all access. This does cause a few problems when it decided that "making a phone call" was an app, so not to be used, when I want them to be able to use the phone/text function at all times in case of emergency. It generally worked OK, but the kids eventually figured out that there's a 0.1 second delay between starting an app and the blocker kicking in, and somehow managed to bypass it in that time!

    As Steve said, I'm also secretly proud when they figure out how to bypass things. It shows they're learning things.
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    We use Windows parental contols whis is built in. It works very well - you can set a total amount of screen time per day and specify what hours it can be between - and restricts access to applications too. For example 8 year old can have 2 hour between 4pm and 8pm on schooldays and 2 hours between 8am and 8pm atbthe weekend. He can only browse via Edge and this is restricted (not perfect but not bad). You get a regular email.as a parent with the childs activity log.

    As above, the PC is in the lounge. They also have iPads with the regular parental controls and we only allow use in public rooms and limit time on those informally too. My other half contrlls those accounts an dows intend to put time liit apps on when she gets round to it

    I find this works well as you are careful what they watch on Youtube - there is some.proper brain dead stuff on there and they would spend all day watching vids of people playing Minecraft if they could!

    I think an imortant factor is encourging them to do oyher more constructive things - Lego, board games, rugby drills in the park - unfortunately thats not as aesy as sitting wasting time on TDF!

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    A few years ago our ISP introduced a filter which also stopped my cloud accounting software. The ISP gave us the option to have the filter removed and I was going to contact them until my 12 year old boy (at the time) got it all working in next to no time. "All the boys in my class have done it."
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    Well, due to a very serious incident earlier in the year involving police, social services and the school, one of the girls has had her phone and brand new tablet taken away (police actually took them away initially).

    She's allowed on an old windows lappy under supervision that is tied down tight with Microsoft family controls. It's quite configurable.

    Anyway, I use fully paid up McAfee antivirus on all my windows devices and I recently got an email from them saying that they are soon introducing a parental control package which will run on windows and android. Sounds similar to Microsoft parental controls and will be password protected to prevent kids from trying to delete it.
    Hopefully that will be launched soon and junior can have her phone and tablet back (after soak testing the software).

    I hear the message above about how others manage their kids on-line activity. Unfortunately with looked after children normal family options aren't so easily applied. Particularly when trust is a major issue.

    I seem to remember that it won't be available on iOS.

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    My two kids are 36 and 39.
    How long before they start wondering about blocking my internet?
    Looking at my library probably Amazon and Ebay will be the first targets.

    I confess I remember books I read forty years ago better than the one I just put down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nigel hewitt View Post
    My two kids are 36 and 39.
    How long before they start wondering about blocking my internet?
    Looking at my library probably Amazon and Ebay will be the first targets.

    I confess I remember books I read forty years ago better than the one I just put down.
    More to the point, when will they stop you riding motorbikes?
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