Help Requested: Screen / Key Capture / Parental Control

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  1. cr2 macrumors regular

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    Hello,

    Need some serious help in managing internet activity for a kid. Dealing with a problem and no amount of talking / educating is helping. Kid is enrolled into a few online classes / supplemental help things but instead of doing the work, the child is wasting time (fiction, anime etc) on the internet. Putting filters does not work new sites keeps popping up, and friend can just share the stuff.

    I have been looking at some software but I have no clue on where to start, is kidlogger pro (http://www.kidlogger.net/) a good option? I want to make sure that the software can not be uninstalled or bypassed. More than blocking, I want randon screen captures and web activity report. iMessage is an another problem.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. simonsi macrumors 601

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  3. maflynn Moderator

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    Use OpenDNS and you can block sites at the DNS level.
     
  4. cr2 thread starter macrumors regular

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    The problem is not objectionable sites, it is just wandering around instead of studying. I found http://www.refog.com/, so far it looks good with 3 day trial. It gives me report along with the screen shots, Kid now has to answer browsing during study period.

    Just knowing that someone is watching you makes a big change in attitude. It worked for cellphone (though I had to ditch iPhone and get my first non apple device in years).

    I block most objectionable sites and adware sites at the router as well as at the /etc/hosts.
     
  5. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Simply block all sites and services except the nominated study sites.

    TBH though I think you will spend more and more effort enforcing this, kid will spend more and more effort avoiding study (and perhaps learn a lot about OS X...but lack of evidence of time-wasting isn't the same as positive evidence of progression with the courses - perhaps look for evidence of progression from the study sites - if they don't offer testing and progress reporting that would be an issue anyway...
     

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