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Going crazy finding a child monitoring application

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by StumpedTechy, Dec 20, 2012.

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  1. StumpedTechy

    StumpedTechy Thread Starter

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    Okay I have a long list of must haves and this is just crazy I can't seem to find any application that will work for what I need.

    I will list all the items that WON'T work.

    Windows 8 family security - does not do half the features I want it to.
    LUPC - http://lupc.elimit.eu/lupc_c.php?q=presentation - Interface is almost what I am looking for but does not do enough monitoring. Also does not seem to support Windows 8. Also does not monitor internet usage.
    Verity - http://www.nchsoftware.com/childmonitoring/screenshots.html - Works GREAT but you can't set a weekly limit on a user and you can't set the limits on specific applications. its either allow or block the application and then allow or block for block of time for that specific day.

    What I need.
    1) Monitor all sites gone to and how much time was spent there.
    2) Screenshots would be nice but not 100% needed - I ask because I can't capture the log of the chat in the online game my son uses.
    3) Needs to be able to set a weekly allotment of time (say 10 hours) for a week per user.
    4) After the allotment of time is expired you need to be able to specify if you want specific applications to stop being accessible OR if you want to make the user not able to even log on.
    5) Need to be able to daily set the time the user can start to use the computer and stop using the computer. - This one isn't 100% needed as this is on a domained PC but it would be nice to have.
    6) Needs to be able to be applied to local or domain users.
    7) Would be nice if it has a keylogger.
    8) Needs to be able to send usage reports and all logged items to both mom and myself using e-mail without e-mail having to be configured on any of the main mail programs on the computer. (Basically internal use of SMTP)
    9) Needs to work on Windows 8 Pro x84

    As you can see its a rather long list. I have looked at things like netnanny and it comes close but doesn't hit the mark. As well as the ones above. Just need something that helps me with my daily fights with my son to get off his video games.
     
  2. md2lgyk

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    If you feel the need to control and spy on your kid that much, just take the computer away. Are you not the parent here?? Act like it.
     
  3. hewee

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    http://www.pcmag.com/category2/0,2806,1639158,00.asp

    http://parental-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2346997,00.asp

    http://internet-filter-review.toptenreviews.com/

    http://www.qustodio.com/

    http://www1.k9webprotection.com/

    http://www.nchsoftware.com/childmonitoring/index.html

    Also ask your School.

    Good luck.

    I know may sister was tough but the kid got hook on porn and just clicking anything and also getting malware. She had to redo the PC many times and she is a PC tech.
    She used Net Nanny and it helped some. But at times she had to make changes or disable it or parts of it. He was needing to do a report on something and had sites to go to but Net Nanny was not letting him get into the site that was OK.
     
  4. StumpedTechy

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    Yes I am the parent here and I am acting like it by looking for an application like this. I do take away his computer on many occasions. I am trying to find a way to give him some leeway in what he is doing on the ocmpputer yet lock down the things I DON"T want him doing. Nice trolling comment and unhelpful answer with no substance at all..

    Thanks hewee I know its been awhile since I posted this request I'll start looking through them now that he is getting back into school. My son is just addicted to an online game and I do not give him any administrators passwords to install things I do parental controls on his I.E. and I hold back passwords so either his mom or myself have to log him on each time he wants to do anything on the computer at all. What I feel though is this is not allowing him any chance to gain our trust that he does the right thing on the computer and this makes me think how I am going about it right now is just wrong.

    What I want is to give him the his ID's (non administrators password) and the ability to go around on the internet the passwords to his games so he can play when HE chooses and just block things based on 1) total consumption of time for that specific application and 2) block certain inappropriate things. 3) Be able to tell what he is doing with it at the time he is on it. I think this way I am giving him the ability to do his thing and start showing he can act a bit more mature and monitor what it is he is doing and call him out on it when he does something he shouldn't.

    IMHO this is being a much BETTER parent than the comments of md2lgyk.
     
  5. md2lgyk

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    Well, to each his own I guess. But IMO there is far too much bad stuff on the internet to allow unsupervised (even if semicontrolled) access to any child under 18. Kids don't even need to go looking for it; it will find them.
     
  6. hewee

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    Could try something that logs what goes on in the back ground. That way your know the time, when and where he was and what was downloaded.

    You can do this more then one way.
    Do not tell him or tell him or tell him some.
    Let him know you love him and just want what is best and want to protect him.
    Let him know he needs to learns.
    You want to trust him. But he also need to trust you and your the Boss.

    May be best or what I think to tell him you got something that knows on the PC so be good because I will know. Keep a good eye on it to catch him right away. Don't get mad about it but bring it up some way that lets him know that you know. Do that a couple times and he should wake up. Then if he keeps it up then you can start to lean on him and say more to let him know he better be good or lose his rights.

    So I think that is what your wanting to do so I wish you the very best.

    You can also try a hosts file to block out sites.

    Hostsman host file manager you can install so it only be edit with Admin rights.
    Get Version: 3.2.73
    http://www.abelhadigital.com/hostsman

    This may help when you know he goes some place that you told him to stay away from.
    After you now you can block the site.
    You can block with tell him and he will learn that you do know and then stop and do what you say or your say something.
    Once he is good don't stop because he may learn more then you or have a hacker friend so watch out so they do not fool you.
    See links here.
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&....4.0.172.818.0j7.7.0...0.0...1c.1.qWTmU56bRPk
    Some good info at those links you need to look over like this for just one of them.
    http://www.empoweringparents.com/Teens-and-Privacy-Should-I-Spy-on-My-Child.php
    Watch this one also. http://kdvr.com/2012/10/31/how-to-s...-activities-and-keep-everyone-safe-and-happy/

    You got to let them know what your doing and your the boss and are doing this for then to learn and to keep them safe because you love them.
     
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    1.) Net nanny.

    2.) OpenDNS.

    3.) Have BIOS passwords on all laptops. Put a desktop in the living room that everyone can use in front of everyone else.

    4.) OpenDNS can time-lock (so can most routers), internet access times.

    An open conversation would be helpful too :)
     
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