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human.with.2.ears
August 12th, 2008, 01:20 AM
i would like to find software that will weed out accidental inappropriate search results for very young kids. of course, i know that i should watch them. there is only so much the hit-search-scan-quick-pick-something-decent routine can cover up. (ever search for images of pink my little ponies with a kindergartner :lolflag: ?)

the range of ages is 5 to 13. all their computers are in one room and they only im with people we know irl.

thanks in advance for your recommendations.

cgkades
August 12th, 2008, 03:00 AM
If you have the money i would get a hardware firewall, if you cant find any or need some recomendations i can do some searching for some. if you want to build your own i would check out http://www.smoothwall.org/

chrisod
August 12th, 2008, 04:02 AM
OpenDNS provides that functionality for at least porn content, maybe other stuff too. Also, check to see if your ISP provides the service. When I was with Verizon they provided a Yahoo filtering service free of charge. They didn't advertise it well at all though.

Update: I just remembered that the Yahoo filtering service was Windows only. The kids have XP computers so I had it installed on their computers.

BTMark
August 12th, 2008, 04:04 AM
I second the OpenDNS option, it does a pretty good job, and allows the user (administrator) a whole lot of options.

human.with.2.ears
August 12th, 2008, 05:41 AM
thank you. i will try the opendns option after i solve all the installation issues.

SeanBlader
August 12th, 2008, 05:54 AM
Observation is your best tool. Sure it takes time, but that's what having kids is about. Should inappropriate stuff come up, it'd turn into a good time to talk to your kids about it. It's likely that your kid would be more embarrassed about stumbling upon something inappropriate than you would. Teach your kids your values, don't filter them.

Hmm, that's kinda profound.

aimpau
August 12th, 2008, 01:31 PM
Observation is your best tool. Sure it takes time, but that's what having kids is about. Should inappropriate stuff come up, it'd turn into a good time to talk to your kids about it. It's likely that your kid would be more embarrassed about stumbling upon something inappropriate than you would. Teach your kids your values, don't filter them.

Hmm, that's kinda profound.

+1

If searching for images is what concerns you, use w3m. :)

billgoldberg
August 12th, 2008, 01:36 PM
There is a free firefox add-on for that.

Take a look at it here:

http://www.glubble.com/

It's aimed at young children.

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That being said, I won't do that to my kids (not that I have any yet, only 21).

So what if they come across some porn? If they come across it, they will most likely tell you. And then it's time for a talk.

Joeb454
August 12th, 2008, 01:37 PM
You could look into switching your router to OpenDNS (http://www.opendns.com) You won't notice much difference in browsing, and it supports filtering adult content etc.

On the other hand, your router may support content filtering also :)

nothingspecial
August 12th, 2008, 01:45 PM
There is a free firefox add-on for that.

Take a look at it here:

http://www.glubble.com/

It's aimed at young children.

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That being said, I won't do that to my kids (not that I have any yet, only 21).

So what if they come across some porn? If they come across it, they will most likely tell you. And then it's time for a talk.


I do have kids, and I use glubble, Its bloody annoying but it means I can leave them at the pc while I do other stuff.

LowSky
August 12th, 2008, 02:05 PM
I don't belkiev ein filtering the web, but I also think that parents should be proactive. Best thing to do is put the computer in the same room that the whole family uses. Also Firefox can block site if you put them on thee block list, https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3145

heres a search engine for kids. It blocks all the nasty stuff.
http://www.askkids.com/

and try Dan's Guardian, it might be in the repos.. im not sure and can't check at the moment
http://dansguardian.org/


the best defence is a good offence. the best things to do are keep your kids off the computer, ge tthem outside and playing, make them read, if they have to use a computer, only allow them to use it when your around. The web is a dirty as the world is, if you try to block it form them the more they will want to see it.