Happy Friday! As a parent of two kids, with one a couple years shy of
a teenager, I know I may be soon faced with a situation similar to
Marti's concerns over his great grandson's computer usage, and how he
can protect him from accessing adult sites.
Back when I was a kid, the Internet was non-existent in most households.
The only thing my parents had to worry about when we were home was not
answering the door to strangers and talking to strangers on the phone.
Today, it's a whole different landscape for parents because of the
Internet. Like it or not, our children are growing up in a cyberworld
and the threats to them are quite frightening. In addition to access to
adult sites, there are many other online threats like cyber bulling,
predators, and privacy. I think it's worthwhile to mention them, too.
This past week we received a variety of great recommendations on
how Marti can block his grandson from accessing adult sites (many
mentioned using OpenDNS). We even got a few people suggesting how
they approach the situation with their kids. I personally enjoyed reading
through the solutions and opinions, and I think you will too. Just remember,
kids nowadays are pretty computer savvy and no matter what you do,
nothing is 100 percent guaranteed to block access to those sites.
And if they can't access those sites at home, more than likely they'll
be accessing them somewhere else. Good luck to you, Marti, and all the
parents who are faced with this and other online concerns.
If you have something else to recommend, please feel free to share it
with us in the discussion. Thank you all for participating. Have a safe and
Q: How do I block access to porn sites from my PC? I want to permanently block all pornographic sites from my PC, in an
attempt to protect my 13-year old great grandson. How do I go about
blocking any site or domain with "XXX" in its address or domain name?
I know there is a "blacklist" but cannot recall how to access it. Or
is there some other method, including software to prevent access to
those sites. (I am a retired IT professional who survived a stroke and
kidney transplant, but cannot begin to remember how to block this type
of material permanently from my PC.) Your kind assistance would be
Hello, and thank you in advance. I helped my visually impaired friend purchase a new laptop...an Asus
X73E-BH51 17.3" Laptop with 2nd Gen Intel Core i5-2430M with Turbo
Boost 2.0 8GB DDR3 640GB HDD. She is happy with the purchase.
However, the wireless signal strength on her machine never seems to go
higher than three bars, while on my laptop (a different make) sitting next
to hers is up to five bars and working very quickly. I feel terrible
having recommended this laptop based on research done by another
friend the previous year.
Is there a way to make her laptop receive the wireless signal at a
higher strength? It would be so gratifying and it would sure help me
not to feel guilty about her purchase based upon my "words of wisdom."
This laptop should go like the wind with 8GB RAM and turbo boost,
but, it loads slow as molasses. She is able to Skype with folks, but,
often the video breaks up or is otherwise not clear. This also
troubles her a great deal with "a brand-new computer that doesn't
work!" Any help would be greatly appreciated, so that I can fix it for