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February 23, 2009

Comments

KG

This sounds great! I have been looking for a user friendly program to keep my kids internet experiences positive. Currently my kids all share one computer that is in the kitchen so I can see exactly what they're up to. My son has a computer in his room but it doesn't have any internet access.
I'm looking forward to trying this program, I love the time limiting function. There is also a great questionnaire on the NOF website to get the ball rolling when discussing internet safety with your kids .
Thanks for the heads up!

Milcah

I stay in the loop with my children because they're always with me, and so we have no other choice. I am a stay at home mom and a homeschooler. I think this software would be able to help me because I can use it to control how much time they spend on the internet. I also like the feature that I can use to check out every site they've been on.

Maria P.

No kids here yet, but if I did, they would be monitored to death! This program sounds like it will be very useful in that goal. Thank you for the review.

Deanna

I have an easy time staying in the loop with my girls (6 & 8) because they usually want to use my laptop since it is faster than our desktop. I'm hoping they get their own laptop soon (I'm tired of sharing - LOL!) and the Norton Online Family software sounds like it would be a wise investment when that happens.

Deanna

I tweeted about the contest - http://twitter.com/deanna_j/status/1246779362

Joy

Well, my low tech solution is to hover around the computer. But I know it's about time to invest in some software, and this one sounds great! Thanks for the review.

Cathy

I (we) recently got custody of his 14 yr old who has very minimal unsupervised previous experience on the internet. While we try to give him his space, we worry too. This sounds like a perfect solution.

Cathy

I (we) recently got custody of his 14 yr old who has very minimal unsupervised previous experience on the internet. While we try to give him his space, we worry too. This sounds like a perfect solution.

amie

what a great review and great giveaway. We constantly give reminders to our kids regarding what is OK and not OK to access online and when it's ok for them to be surfing the internet. We talked about naughty things that are available and showed them how to use the favorites buttons to keep good websites available and easy to get. I also just simply try to be around when they are online--never leave them to it alone, never at night, never when a babysitter is here, etc.

Thanks for the chance. =)

paige

Hm. Right now, my staying in the loop is very labor intensive, with me checking histories on computers. We've got 3 laptops and a desktop in constant use, plus one child who takes his laptop to school to use during class. NOF would simplify that greatly for me!

We've worked very hard to teach the two older kids about internet safety, but now that they are teens, it's so hard to check up on them and make sure they're staying out of chat rooms, etc.

This would be particularly helpful for my almost 9 year old, who wants more computer independence but isn't ready for it!

Great review!

lace

We keep our computer in an open area where it is easily viewed by others. We also sit with the girls while they are on the computer. They are still really young to be using it by themselves.

The time limits sound great on Norton. That's the hardest thing right now is keeping them to a limit. They always want to play more.

Sarah V

Looks like something I'd buy when my son (he's only 2.5 now) discovers the wonder of the internet!

Jeanine P.

I really need to monitor my child's chats more - this would be perfect. thanks jtrophy at aol dot com and please check out my blog - Who can't use a deal ???? subscribe ! www.icoulduseadeal.blogspot.com

Jeanine P.

I really need to monitor my son's internet usage more ... I could really use this.

Please check out my blog and subscribe ! Who can't use a deal too ?

www.icoulduseadeal.blogspot.com

and thanks for the give !

sheree

right now I either am sitting right there watching what every one is doing or I check History to see what site they were on. Of course this is not a perfect solution. I think this software would be great to help me know what is going on.

Milcah Syner

Tweet Tweet. I twittered here http://twitter.com/millaa1/status/1248007729

LaskiGal

Six kids! Yup, you definitely need this!

I already use Norton, so once my little guy is of age (as in knows what a computer is!), no doubt this will be on our TO BUY list!

laskigal@gmail.com

Joyful Abode: Domesticity by Trial and Error

I don't have kids of my own yet, but I teach. Any computer time (very little) is monitored by me though. I can see something like this being useful in schools.

viperemily at hotmail dot com

Anna

one of the biggest tips I heard from John Walsh was to keep your family computer in a public area not in kids rooms. I am lucky right now that my daughter is little enough that she really can't access the computer without help but once she can, you had better believe I will be looking into software that helps me not only keep her safe online but allows me to track where she has been. I don't see this as nosey at all but as a necessary part of parenting in todays techno age. There are bad people out there and unfortunately, it is our job as parents to do everything we can to protect our children from them even if it means a little high tech spying. We certainly don't live in the same world where you couldn't even say pregnant on television anymore and it can be dangerous to pretend that we do.

Marisa

Well, I'm a sorta-mom. What my mother calls a 'village mom'. I teach 40 preschoolers, then tutor 6 or seven more kids afterschool and on weekends.
I let the tutees use my laptop for various research-and-paper requirements.
Also? I live with my college-age brother.

I'm thinking this software is probably what I'd use to allow me a little more freedom with my tutees and brother on my computer, since right now I actually sit right next to them in order to let them use my computer. I'm conservative when it comes to internet and all sorts of stuff, so they don't get away with anything, and they don't see images that will harm their minds. I do love the ability to set up an account for each one, again, since I have several different kids I tutor at different ages and in different subjects, some of whom speak languages I don't, it's good to be able to allow or block access to territory I might otherwise not know is dangerous.

Thanks for the opportunity!

Amy

We haven't had to worry about the internet with our child yet being that he is still a preschooler, but this would be great when that time comes!

auflag@yahoo.com

Kimberley

My daughter is still to young to use the computer but I'll hold on to this for when she gets a bit older.

Erin

My kids are too little to use any internet connected computer, though we have a couple of the Leap-Pad type computer dealies. I don't look forward to the day when they are on the internet. This software sounds like a great way to keep an eye on them.

anna

Sounds like a must have in any home with children and a computer. Now that ipod touch, just a must have.
thanks

Amy in Ohio

We have a 2 yr old who loves "surfing the net", shhh, don't tell her the mouse she's using isn't actually plugged in!

Of course it's not gonna be like that for much longer and this product sounds terrific for busy families!

Kmommy

This software would totally help me. I have an 11 year old daughter who loves to surf the internet, and sadly windows parental controls just don't cut it!

Leslie Mayorga

I love the idea of Norton Online family. My girls are "almost" grown.. the youngest is in College, so this is something I will keep in mind for nieces, nephews, and ... later, Grandkids!
I stay in the loop by talking daily with my girls, and I always had Parental controls on the computer!
The internet is NOT a safe place.. and Computers ARE a Blessing but can also be a curse! Parents need to be IN Control!
Leslie
LeslieVeg@msn.com

Leslie Mayorga

I love the idea of Norton Online family. My girls are "almost" grown.. the youngest is in College, so this is something I will keep in mind for nieces, nephews, and ... later, Grandkids!
I stay in the loop by talking daily with my girls, and I always had Parental controls on the computer!
The internet is NOT a safe place.. and Computers ARE a Blessing but can also be a curse! Parents need to be IN Control!
Leslie
LeslieVeg@msn.com

Leslie Mayorga

I love the idea of Norton Online family. My girls are "almost" grown.. the youngest is in College, so this is something I will keep in mind for nieces, nephews, and ... later, Grandkids!
I stay in the loop by talking daily with my girls, and I always had Parental controls on the computer!
The internet is NOT a safe place.. and Computers ARE a Blessing but can also be a curse! Parents need to be IN Control!
Leslie
LeslieVeg@msn.com

Leslie Mayorga

I love the idea of Norton Online family. My girls are "almost" grown.. the youngest is in College, so this is something I will keep in mind for nieces, nephews, and ... later, Grandkids!
I stay in the loop by talking daily with my girls, and I always had Parental controls on the computer!
The internet is NOT a safe place.. and Computers ARE a Blessing but can also be a curse! Parents need to be IN Control!
Leslie
LeslieVeg@msn.com

Leslie Mayorga

LeslieVeg left a tweet on Twitter. Here's the link
http://tinyurl.com/au7xyc
Leslie
LeslieVeg@msn.com
http://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/

Leslie Mayorga

LeslieVeg left a tweet on Twitter. Here's the link
http://tinyurl.com/au7xyc
Leslie
LeslieVeg@msn.com
http://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/

lori richardson

My daughter has her own user profile on the computer and it has parental controls that I monitor. She is also only on there if I am in viewing distance!! She is 11 and not really interested in being on it but about every other day.
Thanks for the chance!!

Marla

Sounds great! Would definately help with older kids who love to chat. You can never be to safe with kids.

Becca

I am the mom of a preteen son and a ten year old daughter. My daughter is pretty limited to Nick.com, Club Penguin and Disney. My son, is a whole different story. He used to be limited to sports sites (Sports Illustrated, team websites etc). However, he recently discovered YouTube. YIKES! Right now, our security system consists of either me or my husband sitting in the room with him. I would love a program that allowed BOTH of us a little more freedom. The Norton program sounds great!

Mary

This product sounds great! I am going to check into it more and possibly start utilizing it. I worry about my kids and what all they are doing (although, I try to keep tabs on it). This will definately help monitor, anyway!
Thanks for the helpful review.

HeatherL

Right now my kids (7, 5 & 2) and only allowed to go on sites that we approve and add the favorites. I can see that changeing as the older two get more computer savey and better spellers. This would be a great thing!

Mimi

I recently have had issues with my teen daughter sending and recieving inappropriate messages via IM. I wasn't a fan of the keystroke monitoring so when I stumbled across your review I was thrilled! I am definitely installing this on all of our computers -- we have four computers and seven kids -- and will be prepared and good to go as the younger ones get older. Thank you so much!!

Bing

My son is only allowed to access the Internet under my supervision. This software would be a great tool to give me a break as well as peace of mind. Thank you for the great giveaway!

Bing

My tweet!
http://twitter.com/luckytoddler/status/1261679319

Nicole

We currently only let the kids surf the net every once in a while and at 6 and 4, they really aren't 'surfing'. We put them on the site of choice (Dreambox Learning, Noggin, etc) then keep an eye on them.

When they get older, a program like this will be very helpful.

Reva Skie

We employ a system of parental controls, keeping the computer in the family room and shoulder surfing to stay in the loop. We could definitely use another layer in the ever growing quest to protect our kids.

egirlsmama

I think that this is a great idea. As a mom and a teacher of tweens... you really can't be everywhere all the time. I for one need some help!

Joshua

Thank you for sharing this software with us. These kind of programs are essential when you have kids. Many times I myself have been googling a subject and end up at the wrong site. Just imagine what a child could do. I only wish the government pushed to have these sites on their own domain.

Lisa Andringa

I would love to win this Norton software to put on our home computer as another line of defense. Our kids are constantly using the computer for school reports, etc. Thanks for the giveaway!

Nancy

You can never be too safe these days! We don't have children in our home now, but my granddaughter visits and even though she doesn't check the internet yet, I'm sure that time is coming and this would be great!

Milcah

I made a blogpost on my myspace here: http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=127645435

Becca

I am the mom of a preteen son and a ten year old daughter. My daughter is pretty limited to Nick.com, Club Penguin and Disney. My son is a whole different story. He used to be limited to sports sites (Sports Illustrated, team websites etc). However, he recently discovered YouTube. YIKES! Right now, our security system consists of either me or my husband sitting in the room with him. I would love a program that allowed BOTH of us a little more freedom

Adaeze

I see this programme being very useful on the days where my mother and i aren't home to watch my little sister while she's navigating the internet.

If i get this Ipod touch, i'll have to give it to her but not without installing this programme on it first!!!

holly

I keep in the loop with my kids by checking the internet history and talking to them about where they are allowed to go on the internet. I think this software would help alot with keeping tabs on what they are doing, better than just talking to them or looking at something that they could have deleted items from.

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