[quote="ThyKingdomCome, post:1, topic:274319"]
I need to start using parental control software for my 10yo. He currently is allowed on a handful of websites (lego.com being one), and he needs to be able to do internet searches for school-related research. I am aware of a couple of programs, but they don't give out a lot of information without downloading the software. I'm hoping maybe some of you have used them and can give me a couple of specifics before I spend days trying out every option under the sun. I am looking for:
--basic web filtering
--I'd like to be able to filter images of girls in their undies if possible (like on google image search)
--If it's not possible to filter individual images, I'd like to filter out the google image search altogether
--I'd like to be able to easily turn off the filtering with a password. Or be able to access blocked content with a password.
--I do NOT want to have to switch back and forth between different Windows user accounts (this causes problems of access to the rest of the stuff on my hard drive - and I don't want to restrict that, just the web)
Norton's service doesn't seem to do this. I haven't tried anything else yet, but the free ones on my mind so far are: K9, OpenDNS, Windows Live Essentials.
Has anyone used these that can tell me if they do what I want them to? Or is there another program out there that does (I'm willing to consider paying for one, if I am sure it has what I need)?
We have used Blue Coat K9 Web Protection for probably over a year now, and it has worked very well for us. It is a very customizable internet filter. It categorizes web pages, and then you can tell it which specific categories you want it to block. Also, any time that you visit a blocked web page, you can override the block (either temporarily or permanently) using a password. (Just make sure you don't lose or forget the password though, because you need it to change the filtering settings or to uninstall the software.) It also automatically forces YouTube's "safety mode" to "on" and doesn't allow it to be turned off, whenever you visit youtube.com. However, I notice that I can turn off "safe search" on Google image search, which I didn't think it would allow. That might warrant some additional investigation.
K9 is not perfect. It will occasionally allow a web page that it shouldn't. But it seems to do a very good job, and one huge advantage is that it is free for personal use. I haven't used any other web filtering software, so I can't really do a comparison, but I have been happy with K9.