Parental Control For My Computer-savvy Child?

Does anyone know parental control software that my computer-savvy child could not bypass? I’ve tried some, but my 12 year old guru broke them within 5 minutes. My son spends countless hours gaming and instant messaging his friends online. He even gets up in the night, after I’d made him go to bed, and gets on the computer. He often does not get up on time to get to school on time. So I need to find some good parental control software to limit my son’s time spent online…


  1. I would recommend giving Ez Internet Timer a try. It’s a very simple program with options that allow a parent to select how much control they want over their child’s computer. It did the trick perfectly (password protected, protects pc in Windows Safe Mode, protects from changing PC system time and unauthorized stopping). It can block Internet browsers, e-mails, file downloads using ftps, messengers separately. I often turn off msn and other chat programs so that he doesn’t spend all day on them. My kid hates this software. For more information check out the site:

  2. I hate to tell you but depending on your child you could be screwed. I myself have a little brother I taught personally how to bipass security on my parents computer. It’s not hard and if your son knows someone who can teach him its not a good situation for you. I am a securities specialist, graduated and certified and I can tell you that getting around securities is alot easier then putting them up. The best thing for you to do is find out if your router or SP (service provider) has some form of parental control. I’m sure your son doesn’t know how to bipass router securities or SPS’s yet and so those are your best bet. Most third party software programs sell based on the illusion of control, “we can show you screenshots and log keys”. Ok I can turn that off.
    To be honest though it sounds like you have a bigger problem then securities with him. Maybe take out the power cord from the computer before you go to bead and hide it. Some things are best done the hard way.

  3. Both of you have to work out a bedtime. Enough for him to do what he does on a daily basis. Remind him to go to bed, then tell him to get off when it’s time (give him time to log off).
    For getting up in the middle of the night, you can take the PC away, tell him to stop next time you catch him, etc.
    I don’t know why you think you need software for that. It limits the functionality of the PC and you be the one doing the parenting.
    I’m 13, I don’t need parental control software.

  4. Not sure what country you’re in bit there’s one over here (Australia) called net nanny. Its meant to be quite good. Otherwise you can do one of 2 things:
    1. Put a password on the computer. Your son can only go on the computer when you allow him to (you type the password for him each time). That method works well (ask my little brother :P).
    2. If you’ve got a decent internet security (such as trend micro) you can turn on parental controls, which will allow you to control the content being viewed.

  5. A password on the computer is always a good idea! But make sure that it’s not easy to guess, and if you write it down, hide it well.
    Passwords should contain both letters and numbers, and I recommend mixing uppercase and lowercase letters. If you just do a combination of letters and numbers, that works the best because they’re impossible to guess. For example:
    3efTj4Nk is a good password. But it’s something you’d have to write down and hide until you can memorize it.

  6. how are you connected to the web if you use the telephone line you can (in he UK) purchase a key lock for the phone line this will allow outgoing 999 (the UK 911) calls and incoming calls but does stop internet and all other calls, its operated by a physical key that you can put in your safe when he should be in bed
    if connected by router unplug it

  7. Hey .. your the parent.. if he is not getting up on time for school or other things you don’t like .. pull the plug on the computer all together .. take it out of his room. if he can’t follow the rules NO computer.. simple as that .. Parents are such wimps .. grow a set and take control of you home.

  8. Spector Pro
    If you have a Linksys router, and he doesn’t have the password to it, you can also set times to allow, or disallow, Internet access per computer.
    Many other broad band routers have this feature too.

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