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Old Jun 5, 2004, 06:27 PM   #1
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Question "Kid Safe" browser

Does anyone know of a browser that you can lock into a particular set of domains? For example, I'd like to be able to set up a PC for my little guy where I can put a link to TVO Kids or Disney, PBS kids or whatnot, but he can not surf to another site with a search or clicking on external links, only to specifically allowed sites. Does something like this exist out there?

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Old Jun 5, 2004, 09:56 PM   #2
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Does anyone know of a browser that you can lock into a particular set of domains? For example, I'd like to be able to set up a PC for my little guy where I can put a link to TVO Kids or Disney, PBS kids or whatnot, but he can not surf to another site with a search or clicking on external links, only to specifically allowed sites. Does something like this exist out there?

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not that i've ever seen as a standalone browser. the problem is on a windows machine you cant prevent anybody from opening IE
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Old Jun 6, 2004, 04:52 AM   #3
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The intent isn't really for a secure system, more just to keep an autistic four year old in the right spot to play his online games. There are a few of the games on TVO Kids that really seem to help his fine motor skills like the one where you match the ingredients to make a sandwich, but he tends to get a little...click happy...at times.

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I don't know of any way to limit a browser to just specific web sites. However, in Internet Explorer, you can turn on the content advisor, and it will only display pages that have been rated. Not perfect, but better than nothing.
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you can use third party programs to strict access to some websites like www.cyberpatrol.com/ or www.netnanny.com/.....a good site for kids is http://yahooligans.yahoo.com/
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I think Junkbuster can be set up to 'whitelist' sites so that it will only allow access to sites you specify in the config files. You'd then have to set their normal browser to use Junkbuster as a proxy.

I'm sure there must be other proxy programs like that available too.
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Old Jun 7, 2004, 06:31 PM   #7
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If you already have firewall software installed, you might be able to do it w/o installing any more stuff. I would imagine any current firewall that supports multiple users/settings would be able to do this. For example, I helped my dad set up Norton Internet Security at his office so that the secretaries can only access medical-related sites relevant to his practice. It's essentially an allowed domain list. That way they can't spend/waste time browsing on office time.
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