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What computer filters are you guys using?  I tried K9 a while back and it made it very difficult for me to use blogger. 

 

My middle school boys are required to use laptops that they do homework on and bring to school.  The school said they have filters.  Well, I just learned that their filters suck!  And apparently we aren't able to install anything on their computers, so I don't know what to do.  The laptops aren't optional.  I can't change the password and lock them out because then they wouldn't be able to use them at school.  I teach piano in the afternoons and I feel like now I have to hide my boys' laptops until I get home, which means they can't do their homework until hours later. 

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I would go to the principal and let him/her know what is going on.  If you have to threaten some kind of legal action or going to the papers or whatever to get them to do something then it would probably be worth it.

 

If they are going to require kids to use these computers they have a responsibility to make sure the kids are safe with them.  :angry:

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Thank you.  A friend is going to help us set up Open DNS, which will cause our router to block sites.  We aren't able to add K9 to the school laptops. 

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After a long and convoluted attempt to harm proof our family computers I finally sat the kids down and had a discussion about the importance of obedience to the law of chastity and honest on line. Keeping computers in a public place (ie do homework in the kitchen or living room) is another good tactic.

I never found a filter that could sin proof a computer while still allowing access to research and acceptable browsing.

Ultimately it is self control that is the best protection. It's not perfect but an open discussion about that with my kids helped a lot.

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I would go to the principal and let him/her know what is going on.  If you have to threaten some kind of legal action or going to the papers or whatever to get them to do something then it would probably be worth it.

 

If they are going to require kids to use these computers they have a responsibility to make sure the kids are safe with them.   :angry:

Other parents have raised heck before, so I would need to really drum up a lot of support since I have no funds for a legal battle.  Friends have dealt with the principal and have gotten nowhere.  They're trying to help our kids be technology savvy, but they're just helping them be addicted to the Internet, games, porn, etc.  When my boys are on their laptops, I can't tell if they're still doing homework or if they're playing a game.  Drives me nuts!!!    Multiple friends and I met with a teacher and the principal one day and included our opinions about the time wasters the laptops are, but that fell on deaf ears.  We don't feel like it's making them smarter. 

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After a long and convoluted attempt to harm proof our family computers I finally sat the kids down and had a discussion about the importance of obedience to the law of chastity and honest on line. Keeping computers in a public place (ie do homework in the kitchen or living room) is another good tactic.

I never found a filter that could sin proof a computer while still allowing access to research and acceptable browsing.

Ultimately it is self control that is the best protection. It's not perfect but an open discussion about that with my kids helped a lot.

I agree, but I don't know how to teach this to a teenage boy after having emphasized many times how important it is to stay away from pornography or anything close to it. 

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