MSN + Web monitoring software (for 10-year old)

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Hi there,

i want to monitor what my son is doing on his computer. He has Windows XP Home and uses Internet Explorer 7 and MSN Messenger 7.5 i believe.

I want to know:
* What sites he browses
* What contacs he has in his messenger
* What language he is using when chatting to people in MSN

If possible, i'd like the system to block him from using bad language on MSN. Also the ability to monitor this from another machine would be nice (e.g. monitor from work what he's doing at home).

Any advice on this appreciated!
 
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masslac said:
No offence, but lol @ literally spying on your kids.

If I had a 10 year old I would too. The internet gives too much freedom to kids. You wouldn't let your ten year old walk into a pub or smoke or stroll down the red light district. On the internet he can look at porn, learn new swear-words and get into the drug scene, etc.

Ok, may be the last one was a tad extreme, but you get my point. The poster is only trying to protect his child as any good parent would. He (the son) is 10 years old and isn't ready for the real world.
 
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My sister is 11 and is driving me nuts due to all the crap she gets on her PC. This year I have already had to format her machine 3 times to get rid of some of the stuff. Last time her pc was so loaded with trojans that her pc was maxing out our 10Meg internet connection, so god only knows what those processes were doing!

I have said time and time again to her, dont go on any of these "Free" smiley, background sites etc as 99% of the time they come bundled with spyware etc.

Today she asks me "Why does this keep happening"

Every 10 seconds, this pops up: I got my MSN Names from http://www.messaging-names.com, they're free!

and theres like 4 other ones that randomly come up too.

Is there any way to stop her from being able to add things to msn, or edit the settings? Ive already taken away the privilages to install stuff but shes still getting all this rubbish.

Chris.
 
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TBH aside from having real-time protection from some good anti-virus software (namely NOD32 or Kaspersky) and using a decent browser (Opera or Firefox), there's not really much you can do. If she downloads a dodgy .exe and runs it, it's simply her own fault, really.
 
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1. Use of firewall/anti-spyware and anti-virus software prevents your kid from downloading or installing crap on their PC.

2. I'm using certain "keyword filters" on my broadband router, which will block sites that have certain words in their content. It works ok but i'm not sure if my list is good enough and if it will 100% block out everything.

3. I want to stop him from using "swearwords" in MSN messenger, as well as blocking swearwords from other people in chatwindows.

any idea on how to implement .3 ?
 
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* What sites he browses
* What contacs he has in his messenger
* What language he is using when chatting to people in MSN


1 & 3 can just be standard logging, although MSGPlus has much nicer logfiles. No idea how you'd do number 2. If you can get onto the computer for a minute or so whilst he is away but signed in, you can dump the contact list by file->contacts->save contacts. Classic Spooks-style five min USB key job :p

EDIT: Also why are people giving admin rights to silly people who cannot learn to use a computer? Standard parenting: if you're irresponsible, you lose your privileges.
 
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