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    ubuntu 12.04 - how to monitor amount of time spent and sites visited

    We have a number of WiFi devices (laptops, cellphones and some iThis and iThat) at home. I want to monitor which device, when, the length of time spent and the sites visited everyday by my children. A log at the end of the day is fine as long as it is in human readable form. I am less concerned with the content that they access than with when and for how long. All devices access the internet through a Linksys E4200 router. I have named all devices using the Linksys software (on the windows side of my dual boot). I may be missing a trick, but the router appears NOT to have the capability that I am seeking. I block WiFi access when I need to but that is not the best solution for me.

    Any suggestions? Any readily available tools or something that I can hack together as long as it is simple.

    Thanks.

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    Re: ubuntu 12.04 - how to monitor amount of time spent and sites visited

    Will your children be fully aware you are observing their activity in this way?

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    Re: ubuntu 12.04 - how to monitor amount of time spent and sites visited

    Yes - they will be aware. I am not as much concerned about what they watch as much as when and for how long. I currently have the ability to cut off their internet when I want but there are legitimate uses for homework and when they should be doing homework related work I don't want them to be watching some kid stuff video as a distraction. My objective is to periodically have a discussion about their use of time.

    I also ask in all sincerity why does this trigger a moderator's intervention. Sorry, I am new to the forum and my apologies if that comes across as rude.

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    Re: ubuntu 12.04 - how to monitor amount of time spent and sites visited

    Moderators participate in these discussions like any other member.

    If you are talking largely about web traffic, the only manageable solution I can think of is called a "transparent proxy server." I suggest you take a look at Dan's Guardian. Though it is primarily designed to filter content, it might also have what you are looking for.
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    Re: ubuntu 12.04 - how to monitor amount of time spent and sites visited

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    Re: ubuntu 12.04 - how to monitor amount of time spent and sites visited

    Not intervening, just asking like any other member, which is what I, and every other staff member, was and still are. We just happen to be staff also. Staff are not storm troopers here.

    Simply curious.

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    Re: ubuntu 12.04 - how to monitor amount of time spent and sites visited

    unless the router can do what you want then indeed the only other option is a proxy server that willlog the access. the access will then go via that server and then on to the router.

    are you sure lyncsys router can't log activities? well i have a localy made modem/router and it logs only how much data was transfered. and even that is lost on reboot.
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    Re: ubuntu 12.04 - how to monitor amount of time spent and sites visited

    Thank you for your suggestions and your patient explanation of a moderator's role.

    I will check http://dansguardian.org/. It is probably going to be next weekend. I have a more immediate problem that I need to solve and will start another thread with a relevant subject line.

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