A kid laptop?

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GoldenGirl
A kid laptop?

My husband wants to get a laptop for his son (who is 9 this year), so I'm speccing a few things out. Now, my stepson doesn't live with us (he lives with his mother) and so remotely monitoring his computer is our only option. What kinds of programs would you guys recommend? I was thinking of going with the iSpyNow keylogger for keylogging, but I'm not sure if that's a good one to use.

Aside from keyloggers, what else should we place as "protection measures" on this laptop? I'm going to lock it down as much as possible so that he can't install any kinds of programs and I'm also going to lock down his internet explorer and permissions.

   

   

Hot2na
Re: A kid laptop?

on an internet service provider level, they can offer you a "child proof" type of package that keeps kids safe while on the net by allowing you to control what content and/or sites your child can and cannot view. check with your ISP as an option. our provider offers this as a free service.

Tuna ><((((*> the other white meat! I am Keeper Of The Whip!

GoldenGirl
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I have to check with them how restrictive they are because I wouldn't want him visiting Myspace, but his mother's an avid user, so if I ask her to put in this service for them, I don't think she'd want to. I was thinking of doing it locally at his computer.

Stevie
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On the occasion I need a keylogger, I use "In The Know" originally from itksoft.  What makes this one different than most is that it takes screenshot images at intervals that you determine.  Handy if you need to see what they are seeing like emails that they are reading and deleting.  It's also a keylogger but the screen capture is what makes this one unique.

On your son's notebook, you can set yourself up as a passworded administrator and put him into a User group with restrictions.

Stevie
Re: A kid laptop?

I'll add that InTheKnow has been involved in at least 4 divorces in the factory where I work.

GoldenGirl
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Does that allow for the screenshots and logs to be sent remotely?

Stevie
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No.. only on the computer which it's installed.  You type a password phrase on the keyboard and the interface comes up.

I should also add that spyware scans will detect this application as spyware.  The actual exe that will be running in the background (and detected as spyware) has a nondescript name like Trnes7.exe.

Hot2na
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another program that works very well is KidsWatch. the mormon family down the street use it for their family. 7-kids, 5 computers. i'm sure their system use is heavily monitored!

Tuna ><((((*> the other white meat! I am Keeper Of The Whip!

GoldenGirl
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Wow, that's some good lockdown! I think it's definitely something that my son needs though--thanks for the suggestion!

Hot2na
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purple onyx - i read an article this evening on PikLuk.com - a safe alternative for kids surfing the web. when they use the PikLuk browser, they cannot access any other part of the computer. well worth a read, especially in households that only have one computer that mom and/or dad keep all finances on.

Tuna ><((((*> the other white meat! I am Keeper Of The Whip!

GoldenGirl
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Thanks, Tuna! That's definitely something good to keep in mind.

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