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How do you monitor your kids on internet and control their time?

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[OP]
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Mar 11, 2017
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How do you monitor your kids on internet and control their time?

Hi all,

I wonder how do you effectively control your kids' internet time and monitor what they do while they are on internet from tablets and PCs.
I started looking for a program or device to monitor and control. I am using Norton Family, but it seems it is not enough. Heard about Koalasafe and Circle Disney. Not sure how easy and good they are.
Any suggestion?
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Over the summer, we took their devices away 10am-6pm no devices.

We also don't give them wifi passwords, so enter it in manually.
This works with a 11&13 year old who respect our consistent boundaries. The 11 yr old (boy!) will cry every so often, but oh well. As long as your very consistent, they get it. And it quickly becomes the norm.

We haven't found any of those timed apps/software easy to use, so we just went with the old fashioned methods (ie. removing access to cords, no access to passwords ect)
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Aug 23, 2017
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For us all computers/tablets etc. must stay in common areas of the house, never in the bedroom (or bathroom!) We have a desktop PC in the main living area, the screen is visible to anyone walking past, so no hiding. Other than that, we don't use any software, we can review the browser logs and a password is required for all administrative access, so they can't install random stuff.

In short, physical control is much better than using parental-control programs.
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I use DinnerTime Plus app and it works really well.
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Laptop is in the family room. Kids are not allowed to use laptop or tablet in their bedrooms.
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Jul 13, 2008
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You should be able to limit access through your router. My router is flashed with Tomato, and the menu options allows you to set access restrictions based on the individual MAC ID of your devices(Phone/tablet/etc). I created a rule to turn off the wireless at night for everything, as everyone should be asleep in our house :-)
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Thanks for all your comments. I also found out that TELUS, through its advanced setting, supports individual down time by entering each MAC address. I will check DinnerTime Plus app too.
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DinnerTime Plus:

"How many children’s devices can I manage from my parental phone?

You can link up to two children’s devices to your parental phone for the ‘DinnerTime Plus’.
You can unlink and delete a connected child's device at any time. This action will free up an available connection.
‘DinnerTime Plus’ comes with an optional one-time in-app purchase ($3.99) which unlocks a detailed usage reporting feature and enables you to link up to five kid’s devices."
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It really has depended on age though. Right now (tween/teen) we restrict access through timed controls on our apple router (on all devices, plus the Xbox). In terms of monitoring, I occasionally check what they're doing online and have passwords for social media and phone access. I'm trying to instill self-regulation more than anything though.
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Lead by example.
Everyone and not just the kids should be limited and that includes work related usage.
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vkizzle wrote:
Sep 11th, 2017 4:04 pm
Lead by example.
Everyone and not just the kids should be limited and that includes work related usage.
Exactly. My sister is the worst offender. Constantly tells her kids no phones allowed at the dinner table yet always checking hers every few minutes. Even my wife had to politely "remind" her to keep the phone in the other room to make it less distracting.
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Jan 16, 2007
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I've banned all handheld devices on the weekdays. I hand out the devices on the Friday after school and take back the devices Sunday night. Shared computer is in the family room and control access time to internet via router. No devices in bedroom ever.
That's it.
[OP]
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I am going to move my PC to the family room since he is using mine for his Youtube channel & videos. I gave him a laptop that I am not using but he says it is too slow for his gaming.

I gave them 3 days/week to choose as "no screen day." They can have 2 hours max on Monday and Friday, and little more on Saturday and Sunday.
Norton Family Premier came up as #1 parental software in my search. Will try it to see if that satisfies me since I am using Norton antivirus anyway.
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My biggest issue is to filter content (youtube, browsing, etc).
Kids watch youtube music/cartoons and occasionally content coming next is not age appropriate.
Is there software/proxy/dns solution that can do deep packet inspection on the fly to flag inappropriate stuff?
I was thinking of creating kids wifi with locked down content filtering - not device centric, but dedicated network for kids (supporting more than one device)
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I actually physically go and check on them and tell them no more. No need to set restrictions on all the gizmos.

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