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Parents and caretakers out there, what are some good tips for filtering out some of the internet nasties from children? I just set up a machine for my 9 year old and eould like to preserve her innocence as long as possible. It's a Linux machine so IE controls are not an option. Neither is doing anything that costs money.
 

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This may not be the sort of answer you were looking for (I don't know much about Linux) but, If I had kids, I wouldn't let them on the internet unsupervised at nine. I'm all for kids getting to see the world wide web and play games and have fun...but when they're younger, I think this should be done with someone there to supervise. Even on 'kid-friendly' sites such as Neopets, you never know who else is playing and there's always a chance that a clever kid can get past controls. The safest thing to do is surf together. The buddy system rocks.
 

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This may not be the sort of answer you were looking for (I don't know much about Linux) but, If I had kids, I wouldn't let them on the internet unsupervised at nine. I'm all for kids getting to see the world wide web and play games and have fun...but when they're younger, I think this should be done with someone there to supervise. Even on 'kid-friendly' sites such as Neopets, you never know who else is playing and there's always a chance that a clever kid can get past controls. The safest thing to do is surf together. The buddy system rocks.
I was anticipating responses like that and forgot to comment in advance.

I appreciate that - she'll be fully monitored. There is something to be said for giving a child a chance to work somewhat independently. Respectfully, I'm not interested in anyone's opinion on our choice to give our kid access to the internet, just an answer to my question if someone has something to offer.
 

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Teach her how to use the internet in a safe and secure manner.
 

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Check out the settings on your router. Type "192.168.1.1" into your address bar.
Some routers will allow you to limit access to certain times of day, or block sites with certain key words, or block certain URLs entirely.

You could, in theory, allow her 30 minutes of internet a day and set it at the router level, while blocking any site with the words "porn" "violence" "hate" etc
 

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Whatever web browser you choose will have some settings you can change. And I'm sure there's some other software you can install to help limit other access. And unhook the printer so they don't go nuts and waste all your paper and ink
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Whatever web browser you choose will have some settings you can change. And I'm sure there's some other software you can install to help limit other access. And unhook the printer so they don't go nuts and waste all your paper and ink
heh
Yeah, it's the other software/add-ons I'm curious about (net-nanny, etc.) I don't know which are better or conflict with each other.

Good call on the printer - she uses enough printer paper for her other projects!
 

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Check out the settings on your router. Type "192.168.1.1" into your address bar.
Some routers will allow you to limit access to certain times of day, or block sites with certain key words, or block certain URLs entirely.

You could, in theory, allow her 30 minutes of internet a day and set it at the router level, while blocking any site with the words "porn" "violence" "hate" etc
Thanks, but it has to be at the account or at least machine level. I want to have access to porn, violence and hate on my other computers.
 

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Parents and caretakers out there, what are some good tips for filtering out some of the internet nasties from children? I just set up a machine for my 9 year old and eould like to preserve her innocence as long as possible. It's a Linux machine so IE controls are not an option. Neither is doing anything that costs money.
When I was 9, I was looking at porn on the internet. By 12 I was talking to men older than me and lying about my age, by 16 I was fully addicted to online gaming. If your child is extremely smart, she may find a way around any block you can put up. I would put the computer in the living room, and only let her use it when you're around.
 

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When I was 9, I was looking at porn on the internet. By 12 I was talking to men older than me and lying about my age, by 16 I was fully addicted to online gaming. If your child is extremely smart, she may find a way around any block you can put up. I would put the computer in the living room, and only let her use it when you're around.
I think this has already been covered.
 

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Thanks, but it has to be at the account or at least machine level. I want to have access to porn, violence and hate on my other computers.
Linksys routers, at least, allow you to set these restrictions machine by machine. You can look at the IPs of the machines connected to the router, then add that IP and set restrictions for it.
 

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Linksys routers, at least, allow you to set these restrictions machine by machine. You can look at the IPs of the machines connected to the router, then add that IP and set restrictions for it.
Thanks, I hadn't thought of that.
 

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I'm sure you know this, but it would be good to educate her about such things, and the internet in general, as well as implement these controls. You won't always be there to protect her, but she will always have your advice to help her stay safe.
 

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I would just get aol software if it works on the machine and put her on a child friendly account with this way things will be blocked.

There are also other internet browsers for children.
All you do is search for children internet browsers.
 

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Parents and caretakers out there, what are some good tips for filtering out some of the internet nasties from children?
If you actually have to ask this question, I say good luck making it "safe" for them because kids have got it all over you
 

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If you actually have to ask this question, I say good luck making it "safe" for them because kids have got it all over you
I don't have to ask anything. For me to think I know everything about anything would be naive. What's wrong with a little dialog? Do you have an answer to the question, by the way?
 
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