Kid Friendly Restrictive Software


I Complain about Everything
Oct 29, 2000
Hey all,

So for a few years now, I've been using K9 Web Protection for my stepson. It is OK, but is kind of a clunky solution.

The kid is also starting to get a little older. He is 12 now. I don't want to be too restrictive, but he has demonstrated that he still needs something to keep him in line, and I can't be there looking over his shoulder at all times.

Are there any better alternatives you guys use? Windows used to have something built in, but these days they have made it overly complicated to set up, and it requires the use of a Microsoft account, which I don't do.

Any suggestions?


Supreme [H]ardness
Apr 11, 2003
I used to use Norton Family and it worked good, but it's been a number of years, so I'm not sure how it currently is.


Limp Gawd
May 5, 2017
I have used OpenDNS and would recommend it. I think my ASUS Router (merlin firmware) had the ability to automatically route traffic to openDNS (and i think by client/MAC, because i could do it for only certain machines).
It had a default "protection" that would block known sites. I could also add other sites manually. You can also pull up a list of domains they visited, so you can see they were actually on Youtube or when they said they had said they HAD to use the computer for their homework.
Just gotta watch out when they learn about VPNs.