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Protection software for Childrens internet devices

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Before anyone screams " Did you do a search", the answer is simple... NO !

 

Anyway, it wold probably be all out of date now anyway.

 

So, I am about to buy a 2-in-1 Tablet/Laptop for my 7yr old.. She is quite savvy with Handys etc and getting too good with my works Lappy!  So, its time for her own!

 

The device is a windows10 Home OS.

 

My question is... "Is there any really good software out there that will prevent all the unwanted junkware etc and prevent her from stubling upon porn sites etc etc..?"

 

I know that one answer is to DL the app/Game and then put the tablet in Airplane mode... but many of the games she plays seem to prefer online presence.. 

 

The other thing is, I am not there to monitor her usage and her Mother has other  things to worry about.

 

 

Reccomendations please and of course please feel free to tell me that she is too young or I spoil her or... well.. You know the TT script!

 

Piggy!

 

 

 

 

 

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Nothing wrong with spoiling your daughter :)  Kids are very clued up these days.  I don't know of any specific software though you can set parental control in google settings.  I also noticed in router settings that there's a parental control option.  

 

When my daughter was about 8, all the kids were playing Moshi Monsters etc online. Perhaps best to educate your daughter on safe usage especially if mum isn't so vigilant. Never use real names, age, birthday or address for anything. I also told my daughter that I can see everything she does. Not true of course though doesn't hurt her to think it's true. If you are getting her an email account, you can get everything forwarded to you too.  I do this with Hotmail/outlook. Even now kiddo is 16 and I let her use my PayPal account, she checks everything with me as scams are getting very clever. 

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I find the best is to setup your router. If you have FritzBox the parental controls are pretty good and you can limit time as well for when they are using wifi. 

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Jono.. i don't need router based options as i said... I am not there and her mother has other things on her mind... 

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Before handing over the device,

Cover the camera by putting a post-it on and taping over that so people cannot see her.

You set up her accounts on websites she wants to use, maybe this way she will not need an email inbox for a while.

Visit the sites she wants to use and add to the favorites list on the browser so she can select easily from them.

Safe search on on the search engine she wants to use.

Can make it so that in the browser, only opted-in sites can be visited - all else is blocked. She wants a site added? She brings the device to you. Ex., if it is Safari

http://www.imore.com/how-block-specific-websites-being-accessed-safari-iphone-and-ipad

 

 

 

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Thats a great idea... 

 

Now I also beleive that when the machine first boots, you can either use it as "Laptop" mode or "As Tablet"   but you need to decide first...

 

I suppose getting her mom to enter the password for Google play downloads is a safe option.... 

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If the device is ONLY running windows (wasn't sure if 2-in-1 meant it could also run android) then start with the built in microsoft family stuff. Create a Microsoft account for yourself and for your daughter and her mother. Once it's all setup then the controls seem like a good start. I've never used it in Windows 10, because like Jono I used a router based solution when our kids were little, but it should be worth a look.

If the device is 2-in-one android and windows, then I'm not sure what to suggest for the android part.

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I have no expeirience with the hybrids.

Unless the hybrid has some functions she needs, maybe just get a cheap plain laptop with a good-sized keyboard and screen?

Will help her to become a creator rather than just a passive consumer.

She can type in Scratch code, or draw on Paint easier with a plain old laptop. In addition to listening to songs and watching videos.

Then with her own laptop with a good keyboard and screensize she does not have to comptete for time on her mother's computer. 

Even a cheap laptop can carry her through the next 5 years, can even do a little school work on it later, you can load movies and music for her on it.

If she will mostly be using the device indoors then maybe a cheap laptop is easier to use actively. 

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The screen is small. If she's going to be staring at the screen and you don't want her wearing glasses soon you might want to just buy her a classic laptop with a big screen, unless there is some functionailty you really need that a laptop is missing. 

 

 

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