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My 10 year old wants to use computer- which parental controls should I use? Free is better...

I am CLUELESS on internet parental controls. I just want to make sure he doesn't get on any sites he shouldn't or see stuff he shouldn't. Would love just some free and simple download that can keep him from accessing adult sites... Does such a thing exist??? He also wants to use youtube but I am not sure about that... youtube is not exactly kid friendly- or is there a kid friendly youtube?

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:26 PM on Dec. 15, 2012 in Technology

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  • Great question! I bumped you!

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 6:27 PM on Dec. 15, 2012

  • What kind of computer - different types have different things built in already. The most basic is setting up an acct for him separate from the admin and changing what permissions it has (make it not allowed to download anything, to start).

    Answer by NotPanicking at 6:28 PM on Dec. 15, 2012

  • I love K9. It's free and works really well.

    Answer by Tesserae at 6:48 PM on Dec. 15, 2012

  • I wouldn't allow free access to Youtube at all. I don't know of any kid version, and sometimes things that look like "normal" "okay" videos turn out to be pretty bad, even for adults.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:25 PM on Dec. 15, 2012

  • Oh- I have a PC.

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 7:28 PM on Dec. 15, 2012

  • This is how you enable the parental controls on Windows 7:

    Ours are mostly focused on what he is allowed to download or install (NOTHING) 

    He has his own computer, but if he was on ours, we'd also use the program lockout that prevents him from using any games we don't want him playing

    Make sure you have your computer set up before you worry about adding internet.  No parental control filter is perfect, and it only takes clicking one deceptive banner ad to kill the whole machine.


    Answer by NotPanicking at 7:36 PM on Dec. 15, 2012

  • Parental controls are a great tool and you have already gotten some great advice on those I just wanted to add that nothing can substitute for good old fashion parental supervision. Make sure the computer is being used in a public area of the house and that your child is clear on the do's and don't of internet use as far as clicking on banners, ads or unfamiliar links and downloading times without expressed permission and of course no sharing of personal information anywhere. At our house we have a list of websites they are allowed to visit and anything not on that list they have to get permission. sometimes the answer is 'no -not until I can check it out myself. Ask me tomorrow'

    Answer by But_Mommie at 7:52 PM on Dec. 15, 2012

  • Youtube is direct supervision only in our home.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 7:53 PM on Dec. 15, 2012

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