ParentalControl Bar

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    "O.K. for little kids, a bit of a joke for older ones"

    February 13, 2010  |   By sjekoken


    Good control provided for pre-schoolers and young or non-techie grade-schoolers. Plus, provides a "kid tracker" feature that lists visited sites to the parent when browser is not in "child mode."


    Way to easy to foil for someone with rudimentary knowledge of how Windows programs operate.


    I'm not going to tell some kid how to by-pass this system here, but if they are researching it, they'll probably figure it out pretty quickly. It took me 60 seconds and no research to find what I needed to not only list exceptions to the banned sites, but to also erase any record of sites visited from the "kid tracker" In short, this is a good program to monitor your grade-schooler, but not your junior-high or high-schooler. And it's actually a little dangerous to have this product out there for parents who know LESS about their computers than there kids in a "false sense of security" sort of way. A combination of this product and not letting your kid have a computer behind closed doors in his/her room is the best option in my book.

    A word to the developers (I tried to do so directly, but they don't list an email address) ... one word .... ENCRYPTION. Very simple way of resolving the main vulnerability of the product.

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