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    Control Internet Access (IE 6)

    I would like to know if there is any program that can control how much time my kids can get onto the Internet. For example, I want them to be on the Net no more than 2 hours a day. Any program can do that?

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    Re: Control Internet Access (IE 6)

    A family guide to Internet content censoring and access control may be of use, part 4 of the article includes a summary of some of the internet access control software available.

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    Re: Control Internet Access (IE 6)

    I recently read an article in Time Magazine that stated that Cyber Sitter was the best option of three tested. You may want to give that a peek. My solution is to limit the time the kids spend online by unplugging the cable at the router (!) and to keep the computer they use in a public location. I also know that Sygate Personal Firewall can limit network activity to certain periods of the day using rules...
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    Re: Control Internet Access (IE 6)

    I know unplugging the cable is one of the options but I don't want to upset (poor me) the kids. Further, they know how to plug them back on. What I normally do is to run the router (Linksys) program to block the computer's IP address so that the machine cannot go onto the Net. When my kids ask why there is no access, I simply need say nothing, just blame on the Net.

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    Re: Control Internet Access (IE 6)

    I always felt it was better to raise our daughter to respect the rules. Nothing was blocked but I let her know 2 things. First, that I would periodically check to see what she was doing & second, if I found that what she was doing was breaking the rules then there *would* be punishment. Further, I let her know that the more often I found that she was breaking the rules the more frequently I'd be checking. (I.e. the 'better behaved' she was the more freedom she'd have.)

    The one difference between our treatment and the 'real world' is that in the real world (US) the authorities need to have grounds for suspicion first before they can start checking on you. Of course that's historically been more honored in the breach than in the practice, and it's even changing in the law now.

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