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How do I make a machine “blank screen” for a period of time (as a penalty) if certain noise levels are reached?

My kids (4 and 5) yell a lot when playing games on the computer. I found an effective cure for this. When I hear loud noises, I ssh into the game computer and do: chvt 3; sleep 15; chvt 7 This ...
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How can I limit the usage time for an user profile in Windows?

I have 4 kids so the battle for time on the living room computer never ceases, I am also implementing an attempt at some level of control over how much time the kids get based on their behavior etc ...
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How can I disable private browsing/incognito mode in browser X?

Search results for this question contain nothing but arguments for and against. Please take those up in another forum. I want to know is there an option, extension or hack to disable private browsing ...
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Track kids browsing history even when they know how to clear it manually

I have a colleague with two teenage boys (yes, cue cliche's about 'I have this friend see...') He's currently having issues with them browsing pr0n and wants to do a little spying on their browsing (I'...
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Parental Controls in Ubuntu - per user

I would like to set up parental controls on Ubuntu for a friend of mine. I want it so that the child user has the controls set, but the parent user is not restricted. To be clear, they are sharing one ...
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Windows 10 Child account problems

I have a laptop that was running Windows 8.1 that I've recently upgraded to Windows 10 Pro. I had to delete my six year old son's local account because Child Accounts now have to be Microsoft ...
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How to help children avoid the dangers of internet [closed]

I am sure many of you "SuperUsers" have children, and you have the internet. What software, computer settings, etc do you do to protect your children? I feel strongly that the best defense is to ...
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Parental control or outbound firewall?

Based on the Age distribution of Stack Overflow users some of you might also have kids in the ages when certain images can be very disturbing. An age when they cannot yet decide by themselves what ...
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Can I block ALL file downloads in Chrome?

I'd like to disable all file downloads in Google Chrome. I've done this to IE with group policy trivially, however Google Chrome apparently cannot do this natively. There is a setting named "set ...
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How do I disable Cortana in Windows 10 or at least disable web search results from it (for other users)?

Is it possible for me (parent/admin account) to completely disable Cortana for other users (kids/standard accounts)? ...or at least from using it to search things that are not local on the PC itself. ...
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How can I filter my internet connection based on content?

I have a WinXP PC that my children (4-14 years old) use but want to restrict some internet activity to prevent them from being exposed to some of the questionable and adult content that is available. ...
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Router that can control when internet is on/off, based on time ranges?

Is there such a thing (a router) where you can set when you want the internet to be accessible? e.g. Only allow 1 hour of internet usage per day. or turn on internet between 6-8pm, otherwise off. ...
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Enforce user time restrictions to log out or off from Windows 7

How can I limit the time spent on the computer or force a log out from a Windows 7 machine? I used to use Windows Steady State to limit users (kids) from being on too long but SteadyState does not ...
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Windows 10: how to setup login time limits (a.k.a. “parental controls”) if you don't want to login with a Microsoft account?

When creating accounts on Windows 10, you get a choice between "Your family" and "Other users". If you choose "Your family" you are forced to use a Microsoft account to sign in. There are various ...
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a freeware software to limit my kids time on the PC [closed]

I am looking for a freeware software that will set a schedule and a time limit for the amount of time my kids are able to use the PC. Anyone have any recommendations?
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Routers with decent parental monitoring / traffic logging?

I'm looking for consumer router / firmware recommendations with reasonably robust remote URL / hostname logging & reporting functionality. Most logging functionality I've seen is terrible - ...
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What are the parental controls within Windows 8 and how do I use them?

I've got some little ones that I want to be able to use my PC, BUT I don't want them using my account since it's an admin account. I've created a user account for them without admin privileges and ...
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Can I disallow printing with parent controls on Snow Leopard?

I have two children under 4 who are quite computer-savvy, and have their own account managed by parental controls to restrict what they can do an see. However, I haven't found a way to disallow them ...
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How do you troubleshoot Family Safety reports

I have set up Microsoft Family Safety in Windows 8 for my daughter's account. At first I got meaningful reports via e-mail each week. But then the e-mails started reporting no activity, even though ...
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How to restrict use of a computer?

Suppose that some person is insomniac because of a bad habit of chatting on the IRC every night until 3AM. That completely ruins this person's life because he is unable to wake up on time to attend ...
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How can I view Mac OS X Parental Control files with format .data?

OS X stores Parental Control logs in /Library/Application Support/Apple/ParentalControls/Users/[username]/year/month with the extension .data. For example, 15-usage.data contains usage data for the ...
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How can I let the kids use Webkinz with parental controls turned on?

The kids like to play Webkinz. However, I enabled "Parental Controls" on their account, mainly so that I can limit their login hours—I haven't restricted the web sites they can visit using ...
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How do I get into parental controls on Windows 8

I may be overlooking them. I want to set some controls for my little ones. But since I can't find the parental controls, I can't set them. Can you help me?
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How to enable parental control in specific user account in Windows 7?

I have my laptop used by my room mates, I have a user account and everyone knows the password for the same. I don't want to put parental controls on my user account and want to create a room mate ...
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Selecting a different parent in Family Safety filters for Windows 8?

I've got Family Safety up and running nicely on a Windows 8 Surface, with two parent accounts and two child accounts. When one of the child accounts reaches its time limit, the user can "Ask a parent ...
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How do I review MacOS Parental Control overrides?

I use Parental Controls in MacOS 10.6.1 to limit the amount of time my kids use the computer. Sometimes, my kids seem to be getting more time than they're supposed to get, or at times of day when they ...
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Change parental controls on windows 7

I installed parental controls on Windows 7 under Administrator,instead of user, now everything is blocked and I'm unable to go 3 seconds without confirming a password again. I go to Control Panel, ...
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Mac Software To Restrict PC Usage Time

Is there any application that can block usage to a Mac after it has been logged in for X number of hours? This would be sort of like a "parental" type software.
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Windows 7 Parental Controls - How to Disable?

On Windows 7, I'm getting an error saying that "Parental Controls can be bypassed because there is an administrator account without a password." The issue is that there are no other accounts. I had ...
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How do I set up a email whitelist using only procmailrc to protect my kids from unwanted email?

How do I set up a email whitelist using only procmailrc to protect my kids from unwanted email? I currently us the OS parental controls, but that is only good for the computer it is enabled on. I ...
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Forgot IE password for parental controls on windows vista

A good friend of mine has 3 kids. He was very worried about protecting his kids from porn, so in a panic, he turned on Parental Controls. His mistake was that he entered a password and did not write ...
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Can Norton Family warn the user shortly before a time limit arrives?

Background I have ADHD and have been struggling with Internet overuse. I've been off my ADHD medication lately and hope to discuss this with my psychiatrist eventually. I've tried twelve-step, and ...
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How do I lock out all PC activity depending on time?

I'd like to enforce a curfew, say 11 PM, and stop a kid from using the PC after that, locking the user out of all activity unless a password is given until morning. Is there some way to do this in ...
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Parent control software for iPod [closed]

My kids both have iPod Touches and I'd like to apply some parental controls. I have had a look and I know there are some really limited features on the phone itself, and a variety of filtered browsers....
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Add time to an OS X Parental Controls managed account with a shell command

I imagine that there's a simple counter for daily usage, and that this can be modified, but I've been unable to find any documentation on where or how to do this. Does anyone know?
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How does Kaspersky Parental Control calculate internet time usage? [closed]

I'm trying to limit the usage time of Internet with Parental Control of Kaspersky (or Web Policy on Business Editions), but wondering about problems may occur. How does Kaspersky calculate the ...
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How do I monitor what my kids do on the computer? [closed]

My computer is used by my kids, who are 10 and 15 years old. I want to monitor that what they do in my absence. I want to see when they turned the computer on or off; which websites they opened; whom ...
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Alternatives to parental controls for Vista Business workgroup machine?

How can I restrict access to the internet and execution of files on a Vista Business machine? The computer is part of a workgroup.
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2answers
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Windows 7 Parental Controls *With* Domain Accounts

There are many how-tos on how to enable Windows 7 Parental Controls while a computer is joined to a domain. However, what I would like is a 'hack' to enable parental controls on a domain account. I ...
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ChromeOS - Apps for supervised users?

My niece recently got a chromebook, and her parents added parental controls (supervised user) to her account. Unfortunately, they claim they only had the option of completely denying access to the app ...
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How to make sure kid completes an online lesson before allowing (unrestricted) computer use?

I would like my kid to complete an online lesson from this website: http://www.typingweb.com/ before allowing him to use the computer (specifically: playing Minecraft!). Is there any way to do this? ...
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Windows Live Family Safety: how to specify click-through permissions

I'm trying to setup URL block lists on Microsoft Windows Live Family Safety. Ideally what I would like to do is block direct access to youtube.com but to allow some content from youtube to remain ...
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Enable Minecraft with Parental Controls

My kids (somehow) talked me into installing Minecraft on my iMac. I have separate accounts for them with the Parental Controls feature enabled for each account. When they start up Minecraft on their ...
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Asus router how to disable reset button [closed]

I am trying to set parental control on an Asus router. However, my son always reset my router to change the parental setting. Is that anyway that I can disable the reset button?
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How do I filter out addresses using HTTPS for a D-Link router?

I recently got a new router, a DRL-600L Router from D-Link, and was setting up some filters to block out certain websites. One problem I am having is blocking out addresses that use https instead of ...
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How to disable WiFi while keeping Ethernet enabled?

At my house, the kids all use WiFi, while the adults use Ethernet. I want to let the adults use the Internet at any hour, while denying access to the kids at 9:30 PM. I also want to keep them off in ...
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Where can I find a good free password protected app/service which prevents access to any adult material through the browsers?

Where can I find a good free password protected App/service which prevents access to any adult material through the browsers? I need to block all adult sites and adult content from Firefox, Chrome ...
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Setting up parental control on the D-Link DIR-600L router

I am using the D-Link DIR-600L Wireless N150 Cloud Router, and I would like to setup or add a filter in the router to block inappropriate content, not allowing any of the connected users to access ...
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Block websites in google chrome incognito mode?

I try a lot of website blocker extension for chrome, but these extension not working in incognito mode. How can I block a website completely in Google chrome? Thank you for the answers.
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Can I allow standard users to install software when Parental Control is enabled?

I had to set up a time limit to one of the account on my Windows 7 PC. So i had created a standard user account and set up parental control for it. But i want the user to be able to install ANY ...