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Old 12-04-2008, 12:05   #1
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Is there any way I can block a particular website from being viewed on my computer? I would like to block www.myspace.com so my son can concentrate on doing his homework, instead of communicating with a couple whack-job girls from school. Also, he's getting to the age where pron viewing may be a possibility, so how do I block that too. Thanks.
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:07   #2
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Put his computer in the living room.
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:09   #3
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best way would probably be to block it on your router/ modem. I blocked myspace for the same reason at my house. The netgear routers i've used all have a parental control feature with key word or website blocking. You can also block in in Internet explorer but thats easily bypassed.
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:09   #4
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There are programs that you can install but there are always ways around them. Best bet is to just do what andyb said...remove the computer from his room and put it in a central location.

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Old 12-04-2008, 12:09   #5
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If your home network is connected to any kind of router, you could go ahead and block sites one-by-one. An easier solution would be a straight-up software solution--a product you install on his machine that disallows access to certain sites based on your criteria. Those are the two options I can think of.
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:13   #6
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Blocking My Space will not get the kid to do his homework. Sorry.

Put the computer in a place where people always are and password protect the whole thing for when you are not around. He will have friends without those restrictions on the computer and will look at stuff anyway.

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Old 12-04-2008, 12:15   #7
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Blocking My Space will not get the kid to do his homework. Sorry.
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He does his homework, but gets distracted by all the Myspace BS.

How do I block it through Internet Explorer?
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:17   #8
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He does his homework, but gets distracted by all the Myspace BS.

How do I block it through Internet Explorer?
i don't know.... maybe we can wait for the nerds to help you..
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:18   #9
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If you are using windows xp or vista you can do this:

click on start and run
type 'notepad c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts'
hit ok
add this entry to the bottom of the file:
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127.0.0.1		myspace.com
save and quit
reboot


this will redirect all requests for myspace.com back to your own computer.
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:33   #10
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Zone Alarm has a Parental Control feature that allows the parent to block site categories. The newer version may allow you to block specific sites.

EDIT:

I see there are better options provided.

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Old 12-04-2008, 12:37   #11
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He does his homework, but gets distracted by all the Myspace BS.

How do I block it through Internet Explorer?
So you know, you should probably block all MySpace-type sites. There are at least a dozen other sites where your kid can get similar enjoyment. Blocking MySpace is not even curing the symptom.
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:57   #12
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Everyone gets distracted by stuff on the computer. Shoot, half the people surfing GT now are probably at work.

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Old 12-04-2008, 13:06   #13
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If you are using windows xp or vista you can do this:

click on start and run
type 'notepad c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts'
hit ok
add this entry to the bottom of the file:
Code:
127.0.0.1		myspace.com
Easy (and cheap) way to block the one site. Still keep an eye on the kid, though, it can be bypassed easily.

Another, possibly better way, if you have a software firewall installed, is to set the default firewall profile up so that only sites you want the kid to access for homework are allowed. (Say, set up one rule that allows wikipedia or whatever site, and another rule that blocks EVERYTHING). Set up a seperate profile that you can turn on when other people want to do normal surfing.

When my sister was living with me, I had actually set things up so that the one linux box she had an account on would kick her after a certain time (she used to sneak down and IM people at 2am-ish - but I was watching her login times) and a cron job that would add/remove firewall rules based on whether or not her account was logged in. Worked pretty well, but the main point is - no matter *what* you do, don't treat it as a silver bullet, still keep an eye on 'em.
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Old 12-04-2008, 13:11   #14
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Everyone gets distracted by stuff on the computer. Shoot, half the people surfing GT now are probably at work.

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Old 12-04-2008, 13:34   #15
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Sign up for Open DNS. You can block categories of sites and add specific sites to block. It's works great and it is FREE.
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Old 12-04-2008, 14:02   #17
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Is there any way I can block a particular website from being viewed on my computer? I would like to block www.myspace.com so my son can concentrate on doing his homework, instead of communicating with a couple whack-job girls from school. Also, he's getting to the age where pron viewing may be a possibility, so how do I block that too. Thanks.
He'll get around it.
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Old 12-04-2008, 15:33   #18
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In IE you can stick it in the restricted sites list, in the security tab in tools.
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Old 12-04-2008, 17:59   #19
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Moving the computer is the best way to guarantee he'll behave. Most kids can get around things like this, and if they can't- one of their friends can.
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Old 12-04-2008, 19:25   #20
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Sign up for Open DNS. You can block categories of sites and add specific sites to block. It's works great and it is FREE.
I second this suggestion. OpenDNS has pre-defined filtering levels, some of which include social networking sites. You can also add custom filters. Like srhoades said, it's entirely free! Set it up at the router level and protect the router with a strong password.
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I second this suggestion. OpenDNS has pre-defined filtering levels, some of which include social networking sites. You can also add custom filters. Like srhoades said, it's entirely free! Set it up at the router level and protect the router with a strong password.
Which he can defeat simply by hitting the reset button on the router or by plugging the computer directly into the modem.

You're going to have a very difficult time doing what you wish to restrict access.
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Which he can defeat simply by hitting the reset button on the router or by plugging the computer directly into the modem.

You're going to have a very difficult time doing what you wish to restrict access.
So your premise is that since a level of security can be defeated, there is no point in implementing any. That is just silly. If you enact a reasonable level of security and someone goes to that extent of circumventing it, then the level of the security is not the problem.
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Old 12-04-2008, 19:51   #23
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Just for fun, I Googled unblock myspace.

Your kid is going to get to MySpace one way or another. Taking it away will only make him want it more. You need to step up the plate and be a mean ol' grownup and have a serious discussion about homework and other responsibilities or move the computer to somewhere you can watch him.
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Old 12-04-2008, 21:06   #24
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A pretty solid way to block all myspace access (including the old dns redirect tricks) would be to simply block their ip space. This would be defeated by the use of a proxy, but between the hosts file and ip blocking it would be a pain in the butt to circumvent.

I've got a buddy who works there who might be able to help figure out what ip space they have, I'll see if I can get a hold of him tomorrow.
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Old 12-05-2008, 01:52   #25
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Which he can defeat simply by hitting the reset button on the router or by plugging the computer directly into the modem.

You're going to have a very difficult time doing what you wish to restrict access.
So make sure the child has no access to the router/modem. At my parents house, I've blocked numerous sites at the router level for my youngest sister's computer.. Never a problem. My sister is not very savvy though, although I know just from looking at logs on the router, she's attempted to log on to it before, probably at the direction of a friend of hers. The modem/router is in my parents room, and I'm guessing she's not bold enough to try and reset it.

Personally, if a kid is this dishonest, etc, trying to get around authority, I'd unplug their computer and hide the cord, when I decided they could be on it, I'd let them plug it in.

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