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Old 05-08-2004, 14:17   #1
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NetNanny / Parental Control Software

I installed a copy of NetNanny on my sisters PC last week so she wouldn't have to worry when her Children are using the WWW and she isn't watching.
All I did was follow the setup, updated the list of "unsuitable" sites and increased the restriction level from medium to high using the slider.

Yesterday I went to her place and was using the PC and decided to test it out, so I went onto google and entered the words "FREE SEX". As you would expect from google, I had about a billion hits, and clicking the first link took me to a XXX page in all its "glory". Pictures, animations, swearing and explicit text all displayed on the screen while NetNanny was running in the background and active!
As if that wasn't bad enough, yesterday evening I received an email informing me that NetNanny was actually working, and my Sister was prevented from using the Tesco.com web site correctly to order her shopping because the page listed "Prawn Cocktail crisps" but she got a page saying that access was blocked by NetNanny due to unsuitable content!

How ridiculous is that? Happy to allow explicit porn pages to be viewed, but would not let her buy a bag of Prawn Cocktail crisps from Tesco!!!!!

Now as I say I didn't spent ages looking at the software, but I do know you can add individual sites to the blacklist and whitelist. I'm not that concerned about the Tesco situation because I can add that to the white list, but the fact it let me browse XXX sites from google with no problem whatsoever suggests that i've either not configured the software correctly or its a complete and utter load of crap!

If it proves the latter, can anyone recommend some parental control software that performs better?

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I installed a copy of NetNanny on my sisters PC last week so she wouldn't have to worry when her Children are using the WWW and she isn't watching.
All I did was follow the setup, updated the list of "unsuitable" sites and increased the restriction level from medium to high using the slider.

Yesterday I went to her place and was using the PC and decided to test it out, so I went onto google and entered the words "FREE SEX". As you would expect from google, I had about a billion hits, and clicking the first link took me to a XXX page in all its "glory". Pictures, animations, swearing and explicit text all displayed on the screen while NetNanny was running in the background and active!
As if that wasn't bad enough, yesterday evening I received an email informing me that NetNanny was actually working, and my Sister was prevented from using the Tesco.com web site correctly to order her shopping because the page listed "Prawn Cocktail crisps" but she got a page saying that access was blocked by NetNanny due to unsuitable content!

How ridiculous is that? Happy to allow explicit porn pages to be viewed, but would not let her buy a bag of Prawn Cocktail crisps from Tesco!!!!!

Now as I say I didn't spent ages looking at the software, but I do know you can add individual sites to the blacklist and whitelist. I'm not that concerned about the Tesco situation because I can add that to the white list, but the fact it let me browse XXX sites from google with no problem whatsoever suggests that i've either not configured the software correctly or its a complete and utter load of crap!

If it proves the latter, can anyone recommend some parental control software that performs better?

Thanks
This may sound a little patronising, but the internet as a whole isn't the kind of place for children. Yeah I know, some parents don't have time to monitor their kids all the time etc. But they soon sit up and listen when their kid disapears for a couple of days to meet some boy\girl "friend" they met online. In such circumstances it's often blamed on the internet. When infact it's parents passing on their responsibilities to a piece of software or using the computer as a babysitter for the kids.

Used in business environments:
http://www.surfcontrol.com/

Want to find out how easy these things are to overcome?
www.peacefire.org

Best advice, move the computer to a family area ie: the living room\kitchen wherever. Kids are less likely to go looking for pr0n when their parents are always passing by. They are also less likely to deviate away from their homework to discuss the latest "hot topic" with their new found friends online

NetNanny probably blocked access to tesco to prevent "retail therapy" or it knows something about prawn cocktail crisps that we don't
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Old 05-08-2004, 15:10   #3
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Yeah, the kids in question are quite young (the oldest is 7!) but they've just started doing computers and the Internet in School, and its good practice for her to use the computer at home. Its all harmless stuff, as you would expect from a seven year old. CBeebies, seuessville.com and the Tracey beaker sites are the main hits in the household, but the nature of the internet means your pretty much only a few clicks away from porn at the best of times.
The computer is already in the Living room and the children are generally monitored at all times when using it. I just wanted some additional protection to avoid them being exposed to some of the filfth that appears on line by complete accident. be it via email or even spyware popping up all kinds of expletives, I just wanted to cover the bases in case it ever happened.

My neice has got a passion for knock-knock jokes - the last thing I want her doing is looking for joke pages and come across anything less than suitable for Children of her age...
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NetNanny probably blocked access to tesco to prevent "retail therapy" or it knows something about prawn cocktail crisps that we don't
But they play a vital role in keeping people away from scunthorpe
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