content filtering for a 14 y.o.

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  1. macs4usall macrumors newbie

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    All-
    I need help - I have a 14 y.o. daughter who'd rather chat and surf the web all the time rather than spend time in her books doing homework. I'm looking for a good solution that allows a certain amount of time she can be online and does NOT allow chat at all. I've tried Content Barrier in the past, but the user interface is a bit unwieldy. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
    cheers-
    Jay
     
  2. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    Chances are if she's any bit smart with computers, she'll find a way around a blocker.

    I'd recommend created an account for her with limited permissions (can't use AIM/Adium/MSN Messenger/etc) and not allow her to download applications (so she can't go and find another messenger client). And then, you'll also want to block some webpages such as AIM Express, MySpace, etc.

    When you don't mind her using the computer to chat, let her use the regular account (but don't give her the password!).
     
  3. XIII macrumors 68040

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    From the now wastelanded thread:

    Yepp.

    Under accounts, you can choose which applications she can use. That at least stops her chatting.
     
  4. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Check out SafeEyes, we use the windows version for my brother. It's fantastic.
     
  5. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

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    One problem with that Plymouth. You can change any password if you start the computer up in single user mode, including the root password. I'm 15 and i know how to do it so she might as well.
     
  6. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    Sure, so do I, I'm 16. But, I if she's that smart, he mind as well give up and just monitor her himself. I doubt she's a serious computer buff like some of us here on the forums, but simple blockers are fairly easy to get around even for a novice.
     
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  8. Kingsly macrumors 68040

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    There is also a program (name?) that only allows the computer to run for a certain amount of time. I think.
    (people, help me out here!)
     
  9. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

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    Kingsly. Not sure about that program but in energy saver, go to schedule and you can put a switch off time on the computer so that it turns off a say 20:00 every night
     
  10. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    eh, I have it installed on all my machines. It's OK, I guess. It freezes sometimes and when that happens you can't get back on the internet until you restart.
     
  11. gallagb macrumors 6502

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    ditto-

    that's a big topic to think about
    even just sitting down & having a big chat w/ her...etc
    good idea-

    i realize she's a teen & not gonna wanna open up everything to you-
    but @ the same time- there is a lot of 'net' stuff going on right now in the news
    about myspace & LJ...etc

    NPR, ABC, USATODAY all did stories on it recently-
    worth looking into-

    but- opening up a conversation w/ her about internet saftey
    & about responsibile internet posting...etc
    (oh yea- my phone # is...)
    (oh yea- i'm wearing....)

    but also talking about how easy it is to gain access to that 'personal' information- esp through things like facebook, LJ, xanga...etcs

    anyhow- i ramble
     
  12. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    OK, but, parents shouldn't have to be over there child's shoulder every second; especially when they grow older.

    My dad says he trusts me, but he's just checking to make sure that I'm following the "right path."
     
  13. macs4usall thread starter macrumors newbie

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    she has worked around it in the past by starting up netscape and using the java chat function in it. I'm wondering if I can block the chat ports on her account?

    The iChat application can be turned off with the system preferences, but once again, that doesn't prevent her from using, for example, java chat via a browser. previous versions of Mac OS X allowed me to prevent her from using whole applications, as well as turning off java.

    she doesn't know how to get into single-user mode, so I'm not too worried about that.
     
  14. macs4usall thread starter macrumors newbie

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    and for those who have suggested parenting may be a root cause, don't even go there. I've talked to her about her responsibilities, etc etc etc.
     
  15. Hodapp macrumors 6502a

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    Then you shouldn't need to buy software. Simple Google searches provide even simpler instructions to get around any auto-parenting program.
     
  16. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Disable Single User Mode

    It seems to be possible to disable single user mode (if that's useful)

    http://www.securemac.com/disablemacosxsingleboot.php

    I have to admit though that my view on blocking is that it's really annoying (when its done on you!) and generally stops genuine web use too.

    You could simply stop her using the computer at all when shes working or doing homework, or does she need the internet?
     
  17. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

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    Her behavior isn't uncommon. I'm meant to be doing a timed English essay only taking 45 minutes. I have been surfing the forums and have only written half a page in 3 hours!!
     
  18. gallagb macrumors 6502

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    i wasnt' saying you've done anything wrong
    nor saying you needed to do more-

    just saying - it is an important discussion-
    & has been in the media a lot lately

    getting a software that helps the situation is a great idea-
     
  19. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

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  20. Winstonp macrumors 6502a

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    I don't mean to tell you how to be a parent. However, if you tell your daughter not to use a program, and she still does, the problem is not your parental settings. The real problem is that your daughter does not listen to you.

    In addition, adding parental settings only distances the trust between your you and your daughter.

    I suggest you focus your efforts on trust. Never give up!
     
  21. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

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    What my parents do is come up to check on me every hour but are really quiet about it so that i cannot hear them. When they look in and I'm not working, they play the *disappointed parent* card which makes me think about what i am doing. Try it.
     
  22. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Given the fact that you're still on the forums and not working on your English essay, I'd suggest that this tactic doesn't work that well... ;)
     
  23. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

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    You do have a point but i have now done 1 page. 1/2 page in 10 minutes!!!! Better than 1/2 page in 3 hours
     
  24. XIII macrumors 68040

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    Ironically as I read this, I should be writing my history coursework..
     
  25. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

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    Unlucky XIII> I dropped history for GCSE. Tough doing 11 though especially both Englishes
     

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