Keeping a kid on-task
April 4, 2006 8:12 PM Subscribe
My teenage son is way too involved with IM and a MUD, to the exclusion of his homework, and it's turning into a real problem. He needs the Internet for his homework, so we don't want to cut him off, just restrict some of the services he's over-using. But our DSL modem won't allow us to implement the restrictions we need.
posted by lhauser to computers & internet (39 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Our modem is an Actiontec GT701-wg, and it has no parental controls and won't allow me to block specific ports. I'd be happy to consider another hardware firewall that could sit between the internal network and the Internet, or even software (though he's certainly capable of cracking software protection). I'd like to be able to restrict services by time of day.
Our son has ADD (with its attendant focus problems) and isn't into "questionable" websites. The computer is in the living room and we see all that happens. This isn't a matter of trust, but a matter of priorities and cooperation.