I have been asked if there is "free" software to monitor the web sites visited or block some site for a 14 year old boy. He has become addicted to a web site called room scape. His mother doesn't want to stop him using the PC but wants some sites blocked. Their ISP provider is cable. and use XP home. If there is not a free piece of software can anyone recomend the next best thing. Thanks
A 14 year old will most likely know a lot more about computers than a parent (or you) ever will and there is little or no point in putting blocking programs on any machine. One of the main topics of conversation in school playgrounds these days is how to circumvent the restrictions imposed by "nanny" software.
A few quiet words and a sense of responsibility is required. Do NOT ban the boy from any sites as that will make him even more determined to look at it.
THanks for your input, THe problem here is not to totally restrict the boy, but words have so far failed, and his mother has now had to remove the mouse and leads from the PC. Where I was hoping to help, was to see the time he spends and sites he visits during the evening. Not to be a Nanny overlooking his shoulder. He used to get up during the middle of the night to play on a particular site, and this was altering his character, in so much as he was becoming agressive. If there is no software out there so be it.
Alternatively, you can use the net user command at the command line to restrict when a user can log on. Of course, your son will need to have his own user name and password and you'll need to set accounts and passwords for everyone else that he doesn't know, so he can't simply log on as someone else.
For example, if his username were john, to allow him to only log on between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday to Friday, you would type one of the following at the command prompt:
C:\>net user john /time:M-F,08:00-20:00 or C:\>net user john /time:M-F,8am-8pm
To get to the command prompt window, go to Start; Run box and type: cmd.exe
This keeps him from logging on after 8 p.m., but if he's already logged on, it doesn't force him to log off.
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