How to control childrens net usage?

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  1. ludrock

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    Hi all, I have recently got broadband and although we realy love the speed and having the phone free again, we are are having trouble controling the kids usage. The kids would be on the net all day and all night if we didnt stop them. We need to be able to disable and enable the modem (not wireless) quickly and simply so we can keep control when we are not around. thanks in advance
    Dave
     
  2. Modafroman

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    Unplug modem from the wall and take the power adapter and hide it?

    What kind of plan are you on? What ISP?
     
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    We are on a 512k with 20 gig limit with internode
     
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    You could use http://www.netlimiter.com/ to limit usage, but knowing kids (If my parents ever tried to do that on me, I would get around it) they will find a way of disabling it. Just lay down the rules, tell them what they should be doing, what sites not to go to to keep usage down, etc etc etc.
     
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    We can only control them when we are home, the trouble is that the young bloke wont get off the bloody thing. Yeah, I know why too, Im a bloke as well. but its becoming a real problem. having to pull the wires out, unplug etc isnt an option.
     
  6. GreasyBear

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    DOes the modem have an on/off switch? Perhaps hide the modem somewhere and turn it on and of when you need to.

    Try word filtering as well.
     
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    Seperate user accounts with time scheduling.
     
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    Give them strict limits and ground them if they don't stick to it.

    Works for us.
     
  9. Deckham

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    Set him up with a limited account, block his 'favourite' sites and programs when you're not home, and unblock them when you are.

    That would at least limit his 'downloads', wouldn't it?
     
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    The 3rd party firmware (tomato http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato ) for certain versions of the Linksys WRT54G, GS and GL routers (as well as the asus w500 I think) has the ability to have set times that it internet access is and isn't on through access restrictions. you could set up the network in such a way that they'd have to go through one of these devices.

    A simple case of logging in with admin passwords then going to access restrictions and setting them up (it's pretty straightforward).

    You should be able to pick up one of those routers at a reasonable price these days. (about 60-80$ on the 'bay - you want the one with DD-WRT so you can be sure it will just flash to tomato)

    http://www.polarcloud.com/v/screst.htm <-- flash video of it being done on tomato
     
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    The only way my dad has ever stopped me using the internet, is physically removing the modem, If he takes the power adapter, i find a suitable alternative, if he takes the router, i use direct lan connection, if he changes the passwords, I use a key logger, or just guess them. But taking the modem only stopped me using OUR internet, not THE internet... wireless laptops + unsecured networks mean no limits to my usage times :)
     
  12. looktall

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    what about some kind of net cafe software?
    then you can charge them for the time they spend on the computer. :)
     
  13. WooKiE_MaN

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    how old are the kids????
     
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    Bios password and electrify the screws on the back of the case.
     
  15. Whisper

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    Put their computers in the lounge room.

    Lack of privacy does wonders.
     
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    agreed, and also use something a sync program to actively copy the history folder to somewhere else so you can incriminate him with implied porn links, punish him for doing "wrong". It's not necessarily wrong but it just uses too much bandwidth!!
     
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    If you have a router, you can schedule times that the internet is and isnt accessible. So if you go out at regular times, then you could have it unavailable at those times.
     
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    My son only has log in access to one machine and I can use the router to block the internet based on the machine's MAC address. The Internet can be completely denied, or it can block sites based on keyword, or it can block all http (so pop3 email will still work). There are many options within the router for restricting acces to the internet including to a schedule.
     
  19. Martyn

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    I'll have to check when I get home - but I believe that Vista (I've got home premium) has account usage levels you can set. It includes
    - time limits on accounts (i.e. only between 6pm & 8pm)
    - which programs can be run under that account
    - which websites can be viewed

    It also has functionality to do audit reports etc (can track what websites they visited, what programs they've run).
     
  20. In2nEt

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    Yeah how old are the kids?
     

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