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parental control

Postby eric.duveau » 2006-02-07 00:29

Dear All,

Is there a plan to design a preconfigured package to filter web content?
This engine should be directly installed on the linux desktop.(like cyberpatrol in the m$windows world)

In the meanwhile I have found a receipie here below (pls use online translator if you cannot read French) ... nsguardian
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Postby muskrat » 2006-03-25 04:08

I don't work for the developers department, I'm just a debian user like yourself.

But I will say this, the best parental control is suppervision, I know that filters sound good but when you stop and really consider it, they don't work. The reason being, scum bag sites use all sorts of tricks to curcomvent the filters, and they do it quite successfully. Not to mention filters stop access to great sites like "Focus on the Family" for use of words such as "breast", used in the term "breast cancer".

The best bet is to put the PC in a public room in your house, where the child will be obsurved while online, then follow that up with logging if you really don't trust your child.

One great asset about linux over your windoze conterpart is that each user will have thier own account and thier tracks will be logged with thier user name. I suppose the later versions of windows would do that also. But One could access the machine without passwords much easier in windows than linux. Your child would have to be quite a guru to get around you with linux than windows.

And if he is that great, then you not going to catch him with a filter ether.
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Postby CuCullin » 2006-03-25 14:57

+1 to that.

Its also a great way to spend time with your kid, getting involved with them doing things on the computer, exposing them to various aspects of linux, etc.

That said, if you still want content filtering, look at
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parental control

Postby ericduveau » 2006-03-26 19:58

Thank you for your answers.

In fact, I agree to surf with children is fun but sometimes even older children are trapped in some sites where they should be.

I have used Dansguardian but I am looking for some something as easy as SurfSafe from and but configurable (that you can customize)

Re: parental control

Postby DanielB » 2014-03-26 14:18

Muskrat is telling the truth about supervision, but I think that software sometimes is necessary. For example on smarphones, you can't really monitor everything you want without special program. I can personally recommend you NetNanny, in my opinion the best parental software available at the moment. PCWebControl and WebWatcher are also decent ones, if you want to spend less.
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Re: parental control

Postby rzbrk » 2014-03-26 19:03


Maybe privoxy is what you search for. This is basically a proxy server. Configure your browser to use this proxy. You can also install this proxy locally on your linux box. You can configure privoxy to use a "white list" of web sites your children are allowed to visit. There is also a linux distro dedicated to younger users using a pre-defined privoxy, but I do not remember it's name.

By the way: it is always a good idea to supervise your children when using the WWW.

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Re: parental control

Postby ctparental » 2017-12-24 21:09

Today there is CTparental that allows you to control
- the time spent on the computer.
- time slots for access to the computer.
- the time spent browsing on the web.
- filter inappropriate content for children either by blacklist or whitelist.
- force the activation of safesearch on google, youtube, bing, duckduckgo and qwant.
- currently supports the following 3 languages, French, English and Spanish
- respect the private life because nothing is saved on any remote server all that passes on the pc.
- gpl-3.0 license
- official site
and others chause it all either from the command line or via a web interface (https: //admin.ct.localhost)

packages are currently available for Debian 8 and 9, ubuntu 14.04, 16.04 and 17.xx and mageia6,but adaptation must be possible with most recent distributions.

to install it you must first uninstall the previously installed versions of ctparental

under debian8, ubuntu14.04 and 16.04:
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sudo apt-get autoremove --purge ctparental clamav- * privoxy lighttpd dnsmasq dansguardian
sudo rm -rf /etc/CTparental

under debian9 and ubuntu 17.xx
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sudo apt-get autoremove --purge ctparental clamav- * privoxy lighttpd dnsmasq e2guardian
sudo rm -rf /etc/CTparental

under mageia6
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urpme ctparental
urpme --auto-orphans
rm -rf /etc/CTparental /

then we download and install the latest versions adapt to your distribution.
for the download of packages it is here

then install
under debian8
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wget -c
sudo apt-get install gdebi-core
sudo gdebi ctparental_debian8_4.20.27-2.0_all.deb

under debian9
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wget -c
sudo apt-get install gdebi-core
sudo gdebi ctparental_debian9_4.20.27-2.0_all.deb

under ubunu14.04
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wget -c
sudo apt-get install gdebi-core
sudo gdebi ctparental_ubuntu16.04_4.20.27-2.0_all.deb

under ubunu16.04
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wget -c
sudo apt-get install gdebi-core
sudo gdebi ctparental_ubuntu16.04_4.20.27-2.0_all.deb

under ubunu17.xx
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wget -c
sudo apt-get install gdebi-core
sudo gdebi ctparental_ubuntu17.xx_4.20.27-2.0_all.deb

under mageia6
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wget -c
urpmi  ctparental_mageia6_4.20.27e-2.noarch.rpm

except for mageia 6 and ubuntu 14.04 the credentials and password of the administration interface (https: //admin.ct.localhost) are required during the installation procedure.

for mageia 6 and ubuntu 14.04 default indantifying and admin and the default password and admin.

in any case have been able to redefine it by using the following command:
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sudo CTparental -uhtml
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