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    First time net access....help

    So my cousin's thinking of getting my 10yo niece internet access for the first time. EEEEEeee it's a scary cyber world out there....she's scared. I am scared for her. I suggested getting installed one of those programs that monitor kid's activities on the internet. Although the computer is kept in a place where adults can keep a watch but still.

    Google returns so many options it's confusing. So can anyone suggest a tried and tested software? and does it really help?

    I'd prefer if the software is free
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    #2
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    I wouldn't give my 10 year old niece access to the internet. Therefore, I am not going to recommend any software to help you do that.

    At your own risk, lady.
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      #3
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      It's just that she keeps getting loads of homework that needs researching from the internet. I have been helping her for some time. Just yesterday she had to write down '3 easy poems by william wordsworth' which I searched and explained to her word by word. Not saying she could do by herself but that's they'll learn right?
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        #4
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        I think 10 year old is just too young for the internet... best would be learning the internet, terminology, risks, dangers and safety tips before opening that can of worms. Once it starts, it will never stop and if she gets on facebook, we know life as she knows it, will be over.
        The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone. —Robin Williams
        I breathe deep, the fragrance of regret...

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          #5
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          sit with her and help her find info and thats it .
          -- Nauman --

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            #6
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            ^ that's the problem. I can't sit with her everytime.

            SO nobody knows any programs then?
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              #7
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              There are PLENTY of programs but as I said above, I won't recommend one and help facilitate destruction of a 10 year old mind on the internet. You should invest some time in that child.
              The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone. —Robin Williams
              I breathe deep, the fragrance of regret...

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                #8
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                buy a Mac

                wesay for firefox, click on this link
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                  #9
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                  first of all 10 years old = no internet access at least wait for until she turn 12.

                  there are many programs you can use to monitor internet access try net nany.
                  The best parental control and web filtering software. Complete visibility and control over your child's online activity. Sign up today to start.
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                    #10
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                    I am using http://www.gomcgruff.com/m/index.asp and netnanny.com for different reasons.
                    They are equally good. Any one will work. McGruff is better in the sense that you do not have to do data mining which you have to do with netnanny.

                    None of these family safety software is free. They give you one month free than you have to buy. But they do not provide technical support which you might need when you are configuring the software.
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                      #11
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                      This one's pretttyyyyy Good...and free too
                      http://www1.k9webprotection.com/

                      K9 Features to protect your children:

                      • Web site blocking by category, including pornography, illegal drugs, personals/dating, violence/hate/racism
                      • Easy pre-set levels to choose from depending on the age of your children
                      • SafeSearch enabled on all search engines to show cleaner search results
                      • Time restrictions, including NightGuard(tm), to disallow internet access during designated times
                      • Custom “always allow” and “always block” lists for your personal preferences
                      • Ability to override a block with the parent password
                      • Tamper resistant for more savvy kids
                      • Reports showing activity to categories of web sites
                      • Real-time categorization of new web sites
                      • Compatible with Windows or Mac machines

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                        #12
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                        I have reviewed this free software it is lacking one major feature which netnanny and mcgruff offer. You cannot see what your kids are talking about on social media sites like twitter , facebook etc
                        This is what you need to know too , in case they are talking about some inappropriate things or some predator is trying to play with their fragile minds.
                        netnanny and mcgruff capture the chats and postings by your kids. which K9webprotection lacks.
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                          #13
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                          You don't need any software, just put in a few good websites in the bookmarks, change to DNS to point to OpenDNS (http://www.opendns.com/) and let them be. And then just monitor physically (just drop in in person) and guide them on what is right and what isn't.

                          You are not always going to be there. Train them to judge right and wrong themselves. You can put a monitoring software on this computer then what if she's at a different computer? She will get to all the sites that she can't at home. I'm strictly against jailing!

                          PS: The Internet is not scary. Its just a part of this world.
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                            #14
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                            Originally posted by Mirch View Post
                            I have reviewed this free software it is lacking one major feature which netnanny and mcgruff offer. You cannot see what your kids are talking about on social media sites like twitter , facebook etc
                            This is what you need to know too , in case they are talking about some inappropriate things or some predator is trying to play with their fragile minds.
                            netnanny and mcgruff capture the chats and postings by your kids. which K9webprotection lacks.
                            Thank you so much for the detailed review. I have noted these two sites.

                            Originally posted by TofiBaba View Post
                            You don't need any software, just put in a few good websites in the bookmarks, change to DNS to point to OpenDNS (http://www.opendns.com/) and let them be. And then just monitor physically (just drop in in person) and guide them on what is right and what isn't.

                            You are not always going to be there. Train them to judge right and wrong themselves. You can put a monitoring software on this computer then what if she's at a different computer? She will get to all the sites that she can't at home. I'm strictly against jailing!

                            PS: The Internet is not scary. Its just a part of this world.
                            I agree with you about being against jailing but the story behind the household i'm talking about is complicated. I guess I'm more protected towards her and can't even imagine her doing something wrong. I will be there hardly to see what I will def bookmark a couple of good websites and yes before all this...the morality lecture.

                            I didn't know about the Open DNS....went to the webiste...pretty incredible stuff!!
                            Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.

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                              #15
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                              internet for research purposes is right but im afraid its swallowing away the idea of consulting books, which have more and authentic knowledge to offer. its not that you sit with her every time, but do not entertain this idea much of leaving her over to the internet for all her study purposes. do buy her some generally helpful books related to the sphere of her studies too. Let her use internet but make her aware its books that are more helpful anyway. So that she doesnt end up solely dependent on reaserch through internet (now you know sometimes cyber really acts stupid and unreasonable).
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