Parental Controls and Search Engines

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by momincolorado, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. How can I prevent my 6 year old from searching for inappropriate words (e.g.,
    curse words, etc.), while still using the search engine (e.g., google) for
    other benign purposes? I know that in there is a SafeSearch option
    under global preferences, but it isn't locked and can be changed while in his
    parentally controlled profile, which has as a website he can
    access. Note: I know this is a capability within Apples, and it automatically
    restricts searches on curse words, etc.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
    momincolorado, Mar 31, 2008
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  2. Apple does it by offering a less powerful search. Searching the search would
    stop the search, because you would be in an endless loop. The activity
    report is the only real control.
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    Mark L. Ferguson, Mar 31, 2008
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  3. thanks for the response.

    the problem with the activity report is that this is after the fact. he's
    already seen the stuff i don't want him to see by the time i review this.
    anything i can do that's a little more pro-active instead of reactive?

    thanks again for any help.
    momincolorado, Apr 4, 2008
  4. momincolorado

    Malke Guest

    A really basic and free way is to use the Naomi web filter. By "basic", I
    mean that Naomi is not being developed further and it is not configurable
    as you will see if you read the information on its website. It's still a
    very good product, though. Basically if the searcher puts in a naughty word
    or goes to a website with naughty words, the browser will simply shut down.
    It works with IE and Firefox.

    After Naomi is installed it will ask you to choose a password for
    administrative access. You will need to enter this password to turn Naomi
    off and also to uninstall it. DO NOT LOSE THIS PASSWORD. There is no
    backdoor if you do.

    My tech colleague and I use Naomi in his elementary school's laptop program
    and for cllients who request a simple web filter. It works well with the
    restrictions I mentioned.

    Malke, Apr 4, 2008
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