The Internet and Parental Settings

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The Internet and Parental Settings
Mon, 06-02-2014 - 9:05pm

Hi, my son is 11 years old and in 5th grade.  Can someone please tell me how to set parental controls on the internet or can we block certain websites?  On google, they can look up anything.  It's scary what they're easily exposed to these days and I believe kids are becoming desensitized. 

Just today I read about two 12 year old girls who killed another girl after being inspired by a character on a website called  I checked out the website and it's disturbing.  It features a scary video depicting Bart Simpson's corpse and Squidward's (Spongebob) suicide.  It also shows a scary-looking gas mask shaped like Mickey Mouse's head.  Personally, I think they should ban this website, but then it would violate freedom of expression.  I just want to know if there is a way I can block certain websites.  Can someone please help.

Thank you,


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Tue, 06-03-2014 - 8:27pm
Thank you.
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Thu, 06-05-2014 - 3:51pm

I'm sorry for the abrupt reply you've already received.  :( While yes, you can google, it would be great if you new the correct phrasing for what you'd like to do along with some personal experience, which is why I assume you are here on a community forum.

What you're looking to do is create blacklists of sites. I recommend doing a parental controls software. It will be easiest for you if you're not technically inclined. I personally use K9 Web Protection.

Here's the list of its features (the custom lists is what you're looking for):

Block web sites in more than 70 categories, including pornography, gambling, drugs, violence/hate/racism, malware/spyware, phishing
Force SafeSearch on all major search engines
Set time restrictions to block web access during designated times
Configure custom lists for "always allow" and "always block"
Override a web page block with password
Trust the enhanced anti-tampering, even children can't break
View easy reports to monitor and control web activity
Real-time categorization of new adult and malicious sites
Best free parental controls software/internet filter available

Compatible with Windows or Mac machines 

There are other programs out there, such as net nanny for example. Good luck!