In this modern era the internet is a necessity that we as a society can’t live without. It’s becoming more and more crucial that it’s a human right, but though the internet is extremely useful for grown ups as well as kids, it doesn’t come without side effects as anything in life. The dark side of the internet has a very devastating effects on families and grown-ups let alone children.
It’s very important for parents in this era to administer their kids internet usage and make sure that they get the best out of best while scrapping what is harmful for them. Here comes these group of articles tackling this problems to help every modern parent. We’ve discussed in the previous articles how to control internet usage on PC and Android through the usage of OpenDNS, we’ve discussed also how to control internet access through the usage of web browsers add-ons and extensions, and in the last article we’ve discussed the usage of dedicated kids browser. This post will discuss the usage of specialized software.
The usage of a specialized software differs from other methods discussed before as it gives you a finer control and more detailed statistics.
This post will give you an overview about a free software called free Blue Coat K9.
Step 1: Go to k9 website (http://www1.k9webprotection.com/get-k9-web-protection-free) and you’ll need to create an account using your email.
Step 2: An email will be sent you with your license code, just click on the link in the email.
Step 3: You’ll be directed to the page to download the software, just click on the download tab corresponding to your operating system, either Windows or Mac.
Step 4: After downloading the software, start installing it and you’d be prompted by a window requiring you to complete your registration using the license code received in the email. You’ll need to create a password, it should be strong and not easy to be guessed by your kid of course, so don’t use their names as password.
Step 5: After finishing the installation, you’ll be required to reboot the computer, start K9 after the reboot and you’ll be directed to the web page seen below.
K9 Web Protection Overview
First you’ll need to setup the software to your needs. First click on the setup tab and you’ll be prompted by the following options. You’ll be prompted to type the password you’ve previously created to enter the setup.
Web Categories to Block – In this section you can either manually select the content you want to block or you can choose one of the canned options which is of course easier.
Time Restriction – You can use this option as the name implies to control when your kids would be blocked from the internet.
Web Site Exceptions – This section helps you make your kid have access to a website that might be blocked by default due to the rules you’ve set in the “Web Categories to Block” section.
Blocking Effect – this is a handy tool as it gives you control on what your kid would see when he/she is trying to access a blocked website, you can even set the computer to bark when your kid try to access such sites which is neat.
URL Keywords – This options allows you to block websites containing certain keywords.
Safe Search – Allow your kids searches on Google/MSN etc. to be to be forced to use filtered/safe search.
This was the K9 software in a nutshell, it gives you very fine control over your kid’s internet.