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Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Natrate, Dec 4, 2008.


  1. Natrate

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    Is there any way I can block a particular website from being viewed on my computer? I would like to block www.myspace.com so my son can concentrate on doing his homework, instead of communicating with a couple whack-job girls from school. Also, he's getting to the age where pron viewing may be a possibility, so how do I block that too. Thanks.
     

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  2. andybtruckin

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    Put his computer in the living room.
     

  3. NoSuchStudios

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    best way would probably be to block it on your router/ modem. I blocked myspace for the same reason at my house. The netgear routers i've used all have a parental control feature with key word or website blocking. You can also block in in Internet explorer but thats easily bypassed.
     
  4. tarpleyg

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    There are programs that you can install but there are always ways around them. Best bet is to just do what andyb said...remove the computer from his room and put it in a central location.

    Greg
     
  5. SBD

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    If your home network is connected to any kind of router, you could go ahead and block sites one-by-one. An easier solution would be a straight-up software solution--a product you install on his machine that disallows access to certain sites based on your criteria. Those are the two options I can think of.
     
  6. Goldendog Redux

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    Blocking My Space will not get the kid to do his homework. Sorry.

    Put the computer in a place where people always are and password protect the whole thing for when you are not around. He will have friends without those restrictions on the computer and will look at stuff anyway.

    MF
     
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  7. Natrate

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    He does his homework, but gets distracted by all the Myspace BS.

    How do I block it through Internet Explorer?
     
  8. elo

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    i don't know.... maybe we can wait for the nerds to help you.. :upeyes:
     
  9. kc8ykd

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    If you are using windows xp or vista you can do this:

    click on start and run
    type 'notepad c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts'
    hit ok
    add this entry to the bottom of the file:
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    127.0.0.1		myspace.com
    save and quit
    reboot


    this will redirect all requests for myspace.com back to your own computer.
     
  10. jakemccoy

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    Zone Alarm has a Parental Control feature that allows the parent to block site categories. The newer version may allow you to block specific sites.

    EDIT:

    I see there are better options provided.
     
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  11. jakemccoy

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    So you know, you should probably block all MySpace-type sites. There are at least a dozen other sites where your kid can get similar enjoyment. Blocking MySpace is not even curing the symptom.
     
  12. Goldendog Redux

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    Everyone gets distracted by stuff on the computer. Shoot, half the people surfing GT now are probably at work.

    MF
     
  13. void *

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    Easy (and cheap) way to block the one site. Still keep an eye on the kid, though, it can be bypassed easily.

    Another, possibly better way, if you have a software firewall installed, is to set the default firewall profile up so that only sites you want the kid to access for homework are allowed. (Say, set up one rule that allows wikipedia or whatever site, and another rule that blocks EVERYTHING). Set up a seperate profile that you can turn on when other people want to do normal surfing.

    When my sister was living with me, I had actually set things up so that the one linux box she had an account on would kick her after a certain time (she used to sneak down and IM people at 2am-ish - but I was watching her login times) and a cron job that would add/remove firewall rules based on whether or not her account was logged in. Worked pretty well, but the main point is - no matter *what* you do, don't treat it as a silver bullet, still keep an eye on 'em.
     
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  14. eingeist

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    :rofl: :rofl:



    Oh ****?! You can see me right now?!
     
  15. srhoades

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    Sign up for Open DNS. You can block categories of sites and add specific sites to block. It's works great and it is FREE.
     
  16. Goldendog Redux

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    I can't but I bet the boss can.
     
  17. podwich

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    He'll get around it.
     
  18. Patrick Graham

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    In IE you can stick it in the restricted sites list, in the security tab in tools.
     
  19. Big Al 24

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    Moving the computer is the best way to guarantee he'll behave. Most kids can get around things like this, and if they can't- one of their friends can.
     
  20. grokdesigns

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    I second this suggestion. OpenDNS has pre-defined filtering levels, some of which include social networking sites. You can also add custom filters. Like srhoades said, it's entirely free! Set it up at the router level and protect the router with a strong password.