Need to block porn and murder from my kids

Sir Loin Steak

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Ok, so the little un's are aged around 7 or 8, and are becoming inquisitive about 'poop', and 'sex', so the time has come to clamp down on the potential for them to access this stuff, or stuff I would prefer them to not see right now.

I know about the arguments for educating kids about sex etc., but that's not what I'm asking about here. I need something concrete I can do, software-wise, without stopping them using the web for legitimate reasons.

So, has anyone any recommendations for some software i can use on this Mac? We use Chrome for a browser.

Thanks if you can help.
 

Happybunny

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Sep 9, 2010
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While I cannot give any direct help. Different country and Laws.

I would like to add.


I would like to point out it does not matter how well you protect your own computer, there will always be friends of your sons who’s parents don’t.
The peer pressure can be very hard to ignore at their ages.
Always keep good and honest communication between you and your children, so they can come to you with any matter.

I do wish you success.
 

Sir Loin Steak

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Feb 2, 2009
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Thanks for replying. Yes, it seems that early exposure to violent stuff and pure porn is inevitable, and I know that while we can take certain measures, what goes on elsewhere isn't so easily controlled, or is uncontrollable. Damn it.

Now, I have had parental controls in place for a while - my son in particular loves playing the silly little games that usually involve kicking penguins into touch or other daft stuff, which is ok, but it also throws up dozens and dozens of urls that seem to be blocked, and of course he has to click each one to close it, or take some other action, and when he does, another comes up in its place.

That is maddening.
 

BenTrovato

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It's good to take certain precautions, as in not to be completely oblivious of what the kids are into. Honestly, they are going to see these things no matter what you do. If the focus is on being a better parent, teaching kids values and integrity, then when the kids do come across this content they will be confident in how they behave and be better people in our communities.
 

roadbloc

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Aug 24, 2009
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Lawl. Good luck OP. In a few years your kids will no doubt be two steps ahead of you when it comes to technology. They always are.
 

MacNut

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Is there anything you can do that could keep a child out. Even at that age they most likely know more about computers than you do.
 

mscriv

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Aug 14, 2008
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I've heard good things about a program called Covenant Eyes. Here's a link to their internet filtering webpage.

http://www.covenanteyes.com/services/internet-filtering/

I've not personally used the program on our home electronics, but I'm an accountability partner for a friend who does use the service. I have two boys, age 5 and 8, so it won't be long before we need to get something similar set up in our home.
 

MICHAELSD

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There is no way to block all inappropriate content, or even most of it. The only option is to monitor Internet usage if you're worried they'll come across that sort of content.
 

tktaylor1

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The only thing I can think of is get rid of the computer (except yours) and homeschool them. No matter what you do there are always sites with porn that you may not know exist, like youtube for example. If they don't see it at home then they will surely see it at school. There are countless ways to get around child blocks and safety nets. Considering they are 7 and 8, I think you are safe with child blocks for now. You can always look online for child block softwares.
 

maflynn

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I use opendns, and that blocks the sites ant the DNS level so any network connections I have at home, will not be able to reach adult sites.
 

Shift Option K

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If you block the porn on your own internet/devices, be sure to tell his friends parents, etc. wherever outside of home with unfiltered internet/devices that you know the people to block the porn too.

It's very easy to block the porn once you know how. I was already in high school when I was watching porn on my 17" PowerBook G4 (nicknamed PornBook Jizz4 by me and my friends) so my parents never got to block the porn lol
 

iPhonemaster5S

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Need to make sure the kids don't watch "informative murder porn"? (SouthPark reference if non one sees that) Go into settings just turn on parental controls and from there you turn on or off to your liking.
 

LIVEFRMNYC

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Whitelisting sites are much more efficient than blacklisting sites. When blacklisting ........ porn, murder, and plenty of poop will eventually find your kids.
 

alent1234

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get a router that supports filtering
have them use the internet only in the living room and not their room