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Mark Binau
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My children are reaching the age where they occasionally venture onto the internet. What do you use to monitor/control your children's internet access?

I use cox as my ISP at the house. Does anyone have experience with their parental control software?

Thanks,
Mark
Gregg Bolinger
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NetNanny has been around for years. My cousin used it for her kids when they were younger and she seemed to like it.

The best thing you can do is just be there and know what they are doing and who they are talking to. Don't be afraid to ask them about it. The internet can be a dangerous place these days and asking them who they are talking with online is no different than asking them who they are hanging out with on a Friday night.

Software can help, but eventually they'll learn their away around those tools. If you want to limit your kids time online, limit it. Tell them they can be on for an hour. When an hour is up, tell them it's time to get off the computer. My son is 4 and loves to play games on disney.com and nickjr.com but he also knows he is not to play unless he asks first and I say it is ok. He also knows that when I say it's time to stop, he is to stop. Simple as that.


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Gail Mikels
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We don't usually let our kids on the computer/internet when we're not home, and I check through the history & temporary internet files on a regular basis to get an idea of where they've been "hanging around". I've never tried the Net Nanny-type software, but I think nothing can beat good old fashioned parental supervision!!


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Paul Bourdeaux
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NetNanny is very good (My sister has used it, and I plan on as well when my children get a little older), but Gregg hit the nail on the head when he stressed the important of communication with your children. Good, two way communication will do much more than any software ever will.


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Thomas Paul
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The simplest solution is to sit down and talk with them about the dangers of the internet and give them clear rules and guidelines.


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Gregg Bolinger
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Originally posted by Thomas Paul:
The simplest solution is to sit down and talk with them about the dangers of the internet and give them clear rules and guidelines.


Isn't that what I said?
 
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