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Linksys E1000 Wireless Router with parental controls

  • Do you have trouble controlling internet usage in your home (whether your own internet time or your kids’)?
  • Do you sometimes/often/always catch your kids playing online games on their devices instead of studying?
  • Are you concerned over porn and potentially harmful sites such as Omegle and Chat Roulette that your kids might be exposed to while browsing the Net?
  • Do you want to block certain sites, but it seems like the process will cost a gallon of your blood (because of nosebleed)?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, read on! And make sure you read through to the end, because you could win a Linksys Cisco E4200 Wi-fi Router – from the high-end range of the Linksys E Series.

 

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As a mom of three, including a full-blown teenager and a pre-teener, I have good reason to control internet use at home. Aside from being in that curious stage, they are also innately wired. They, like most modern kids, have a knack for technology. No need for manuals or step-by-step guides – they just know how to go about something techie.

That’s not always a bad thing. But if their computer use is not reined in, it’s dangerous. There’s even a debate now on whether internet addiction should be considered a mental disease. So yes, I think we agree that too much internet use is not good, most especially for kids who are in the stage of forming life habits.

Not so long ago, I installed Chrome Nanny, an application that enables me to block websites and set timed access, on my laptop.

However, Chrome Nanny has its limitations -mainly that I could not install it on my daughter’s mobile device from which she primarily accesses the internet. That leads to another limitation of browser-based parental controls: one can always launch another browser that doesn’t have any control app installed.

Enter, wi-fi routers with parental controls

Cisco Philippines, through Mommy Mundo, recently gave me the chance to experience and review the Linksys E1000 Wireless Router. It’s not just a wi-fi router; it also has parental control that can limit access time and block sites for specific users.

Like most wireless routers, the Linksys E1000 is easy to install. Just insert CD-ROM into your computer and follow onscreen instructions.

However, my internet connection at home is Sun Broadband that uses the Huawei B200 Modem/Router that was provided by Sun. Being a wi-fi router also, the existing modem conflicted with the E1000. “IP address conflict” is what Salvador (from Cisco) called it. I risked losing some blood (as above) if I attempted to figure out a work-around. So I waited for Cisco’s technical assistance.

Fortunately, Salvador made this for-dummies installation guide. It’s easy to resolve the IP address conflict, after all. Continue reading Linksys E1000 Wireless Router with parental controls

Meet my web nanay!

I haz a web nanay!

…And she is pretty strict. Whenever I attempt to play when I’m supposed to be working, she tells me:

Chrome nanay
Chrome nanay

Friends, meet Chrome Nanny, my web nanay.

Continue reading Meet my web nanay!

Omegle anonymous chat | kids’ internet safety

“Oh my god!!!” was my violent reaction when I learned about the latest “in” thing on chatting – Omegle anonymous chat. You know how we as kids were told not to talk to strangers, and how we also teach our own kids not to do so?

Well, a chat website founded by an 18-year old in 2009 espouses exactly the opposite. Omegle.com‘s homepage banner proudly bears its tagline: “Talk to strangers!”

Omegle anonymous chat is so easy and instant. Anyone can just start typing on the chat box and is automatically connected to someone else who is on the server. There is no need for registration, no moderation, no word filters (anyone can say anything they want).

The scariest feature for me is the video chat. As a parent, I try to guard my kids from porn. But this site’s video chat feature has just made porn access so much easier.

As if it weren’t easy and accessible enough, there is also an iPhone app for Omegle anonymous chat.

So, our young kids’ intentions for using Omegle anonymous chat or other similar chat sites may be simply just for fun, to meet other young people from other countries and cultures. That’s great, good intentions and all! But when there’s no one controlling who sees what, who is showing what, that is just scary.

Then there’s the issue of sexual predators. Sites like Omegle, where everyone is anonymous, are a haven for pedophiles, sexual predators and other sickos. Continue reading Omegle anonymous chat | kids’ internet safety