Christopher Barry on 26 Feb 2015 10:11:00 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Child Proofing my Home Network

On Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:41:57 -0500
john boris <> wrote:

>I may have approached this issue earlier on the list but last night I
>started the move to make my network more chid proof. I am having issues
>with my Granddaughter and where she has been going on the Internet.
>She is 8 in 2nd grade and has shown that she has the basics in logic
>to solve issues  See
> and
> on my
>LOPSA blog as to her dealings.
>So we have encouraged her more involving computers. Problem is her
>school is not advanced in that area and at home her Dad is the only
>computer savvy person and he is trying to find the time. So she has
>been venturing in places I don;t like.
>So I started using OpenDNS last night to block as muchj as possible.
>This may cause some grief with my wife but I told her to be patient as
>we tweek this. OpenDNS is block or deny by domain. It does not allow
>any tweeking by user. OpenDNS says to got to a Netgear device to allow
>for users to have special access.
>I have searched for such a device using a Raspberry Pi. With the latest
>version out there with a Quad core processor it looks like it will be a
>perfect platform. Space and power consumption it is ideal.
>The problem is I haven't found anything that does not require me to
>input everything I want to to block.
>So I come to the list to ask if anyone knows of a setup using a
>Raspberry Pi (or arduino as I will look into that as well) that does
>content filtering for Children (possibly geared at schools) and allows
>for customization.
>When I am all done with this I plan to write it up and show the
>pitfalls and successes.

Use an /etc/hosts file. Remove all entries from /etc/resolv.conf. If
you get your IP address via DHCP, you'll need to configure DHCP (in
your router likely) to not distribute DNS nameserver data.

Then you can add sites you approve of. No DNS lookups will occur.
You'll obviously need a method to initially determine the IP addresses
of sites to populate hosts. These IPs may change due to load balancers
being used, and may not always be available, etc.

Have fun with that if you think parenting your kid is taking too much
of your time. Maybe at 8 she should have an adult with her while she's
using the Internet - or not use it. Maybe she should actually read a
real book, play with toys, make something, help you or mom cook, or play
outside - now there's a novel idea.

How about you break away from your computer long enough to actually be
a Dad?

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