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Monitoring Your Kids

Discussion in 'Bits & Bytes' started by ethics, Jan 12, 2003.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Anyone use software like this to monitor their kids?

    Ethical issues aside (start another thread if you want to though) I'd like to know what's the best one on the market. I want to be as insidious as I can be.

    There's nothing I suspect that's going on, but she chats online quite a lot and being 12 and all, I want to know if there's anything I SHOULD know about.
     
  2. HaYwIrE

    HaYwIrE Banned

    Software like that I'm not sure about. But, I would like to commend you on a good job at being a parent. I would have to say that you're a good father.

    Online chat is a very dangerous thing.

    Once, I had this 15 year old constantly flirting with me. I played along. I showed my wife some of the things she was typing to me and eventually figured out that I knew her father.

    It ended when she asked me to pick her up from school and take her to a hotel room. I called her father and asked him what I should do. That was the hardest thing I think I've ever done in my life... telling a man that, "<i>Hey... Your daughter doesn't know me but she wants to fuck me in a hotel room in Dallas.</i>"

    I picked her up from school and he opened the pre-arranged hotel room door as soon as my key hit the lock.

    She hates me. He owes me his life... or so he says.
     
  3. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Well, my daughter is not like that but hey, how many fathers say that?

    This is why I want the software to run on all PC's (she secretly uses mine now, thinking I do not know).
     
  4. Techie2000

    Techie2000 The crowd would sing:

    As a little Techie my parents were always there when I was on the net. They trust me now. Although they still will walk in once in a while and read whatever it is on the screen, alas my mom has little interest in UNIX so she generally leaves after a minute of getting bored. Generally I agree with HaYwIre on this matter. It was a smart thing he did.

    ethics, I think you should read <A HREF="http://www.broadbandreports.com/forum/remark,5525252~root=unixdsl~mode=flat">this post</A> by elboricua in the UNIX forum at BBR as his Uncle is in a similar situation. So if you wanted to setup some kind of proxy like that it would probably be the best solution.

    Anyways may I inquire as to how you know that she is secretly using your computer? What reason would she have for doing so if she has her own and there is no blocking software on it?
     
  5. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    The stuff is moved around on my desk. It's not because I have porn on my PC (which I really don't believe it or not--I keep everything on CD-Roms which are locked, and clean my cache).
     
  6. Sir Joseph

    Sir Joseph Registered User

    I had a program to spy on my sister that would take a picture of the desktop every 30 seconds or so. There is another hardware solution. There is a device that plugs in between the keyboard and computer that captures every single key click. You can then unlock the file and view the data.
    As with everything, there are ways around it.
     
  7. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Well, the above program, which I ended up buying, takes SS every (customizable) 15 minutes. Logs what apps were opened/closed, and memories and logs every key stroke. Which then sends it, intermittenly to my email.
     
  8. Techie2000

    Techie2000 The crowd would sing:

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/security/5a05/

    There is the key catcher.
     
  9. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    What does the key catcher do than this program doesn't? Genuine question.
     
  10. Techie2000

    Techie2000 The crowd would sing:

    Oh nevermind. I didn't see your above post. It does the same thing as your software. The only difference is that it is a hardware device and only catches keystrokes.
     
  11. Techie2000

    Techie2000 The crowd would sing:

    Oh yeah I forgot. You should be able to view all the histories of all the IM chats on whatever program she's been using unless she clears them out.
     
  12. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    She clears them out.
     
  13. Techie2000

    Techie2000 The crowd would sing:

    Using your computer secretly and clearing IM chat logs. The second one wouldn't be that big of a flag except that it goes with the first one...
     
  14. cvs650

    cvs650 Member

    I use Norton Internet Security(family edition) and have blocks in place for various sites and have set-up numerous "rules" which limit what my 13 y/o son can view on-line.Though it doesn't take snap-shots,it logs ALL activity(and shows what was attempted/blocked/linked).It works real well for me !
     
  15. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member


    Well, I will know soon enough. If there's nothing but teen chitter chatter, it will give me a peace of mind.
     
  16. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Cvs, this one also has the option to block. However, before doing that, I want to see what she tries accessing first.
     
  17. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Passed Away Aug. 19, 2006

    Boy am I glad nmy kids grew up before the age of computers. They managed to get in enough trouble without chat rooms and the like.
     
  18. HaYwIrE

    HaYwIrE Banned

    Chat rooms kill kids.

    That's kinda like guns kill people.

    Not true. But watch out for the loaded ones, and that's harder to do than to simply keeping your chamber and clip clear.
     
  19. ShinyTop

    ShinyTop I know what is right or wrong!

    Ya, I agree. My son moderates one chat room and my daughter just bought a new Dell. Two weeks later not out of the box. arghhhhhhhhhhh!
     

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