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17-Jun-2009, 06:58 PM #1
Software to control MSN/Facebook usage
My 15 year old son is addicted to MSN and Facebook and spends around 3-4 hours a night on it. He needs to do homework on the pc most nights, so it is difficult to stop him using MSN etc. while doing homework on the net. I cannot stand over him all night.
I have installed K9, which controls web access and filters harmful sites very effectively, but he can still access MSN/Facebook after K9 has blocked web access.
I need some software which will allow me to set time limits on his usage and block access outside specified hours. There seem to be a lot of products which claim to do this but I am not sure which is best.

..and before someone says it, yes, we have tried talking to him, many many, many times, but he denies the problem/storms off/ usual teenage tantrums etc. I have unplugged the router at times but a more controlled method would be preferable to allow him some time on these sites but realise that there is a limit.
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17-Jun-2009, 07:38 PM #2
http://www.amazon.com/Time-Machine-C...outThisProduct
If you have cable internet...Muhahaha

But yes there is parental software.
http://www.consumersearch.com/parental-control-software Look through that. I have heard of Net Nanny being quite sufficient.
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17-Jun-2009, 09:04 PM #3
Or, simpler and nothing to install,

Use your HOSTS file to block certain websites:

In Windows XP or Vista, the hosts file is found here:

C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts

Double click the 'Hosts' file and select "Notepad" from the list of programs to open it with.

Once you have the hosts file open in Notepad, you will see an entry such as:

127.0.0.1 localhost (or ::1 localhost)

To block a certain web page from loading, add the following:

127.0.0.1 www.facebook.com

Your Hosts file will now look like this:

127.0.0.1 localhost
127.0.0.1 www.facebook.com

Add as many web addresses as you like in the same fashion.

Once you are finished, go up to 'File' and click 'Save'.

The web pages listed in your 'Hosts' file should be blocked from access. It may be necessary for you to reboot your computer for these changes to take effect
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18-Jun-2009, 02:10 AM #4
Thanks, but I don't wish to block access completely, merely control the amount of time and the times that access takes place.
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18-Jun-2009, 08:34 AM #5
You could try this.
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