Even the sweetest most responsible kids can become curious about the wide array of things that can be found on the Internet, especially if their friends are around. Your son might be innocent and naive but add another pre-teen or teenager into the mix and you have a whole new beast. Your sweet little boy is turning into a man and there's nothing you can do about it, but you can protect him.
Finding out what your kids were looking at when you weren't around is not as hard as it sounds. There are some simple ways you can see what they were doing and you don't even have to buy any special programs to do it.
The simplest thing you can do is to check the address bar on your browser. Just click the arrow next to where you type in a site address and you will see the most recently typed in sites. This will only work if they typed things into the address bar.
The other thing you can do is check the browser history. If you are using Internet Explorer this is how you check the history:
- Click "View"
- Go down to where is says "Explorer Bar"
- Click on "History"
- Choose the day you want to see
- Click on the page you want to check out
If this isn't working, or if you want a more detailed account of what they're seeing you could try Spy Software. I haven't tried any of these out myself, but here are a couple I found online for you.
- Spector Software - There's the Spector Pro that records everything they do online and even has an Internet blocker. There's also the eBlaster that sends you a copy of many things they do on the computer.
- Spy Patrol - There are a variety of different software packages here that all do something different at different prices.
- 007 Spy Software - Logs what they are doing online and much more. There are a couple other's at the bottom of the page you should check out too.
- More Spy Software