January 23, 2018

Safe Eyes Review – Internet Monitoring Software

Do you have teenagers in your house? Then you absolutely have to have an internet monitoring software solution loaded on all the computers in your house! This is mandatory, and if you don’t have it there is no telling what your kids are looking at on the web.

Not only that, but in this age of social networking, sites like MySpace, YouTube, and especially Facebook are extremely popular – and extremely dangerous! One of the goals of users of MySpace and Facebook is to see how many friends you can get. I’ve seen kids with thousands! Do you really think a kid has more than 1000 friends, especially ones that he or she talks with on a regular basis? Doubtful! So obviously, many of these so-called “friends” are people that the kids don’t know at all. For this reason, there are many predators hanging around these sites. It’s no problem at all for someone to pass themselves off as someone they’re not and gain the trust of your child. From there, it’s simple to find out where they live and to possibly show up at your house!

Obviously, that’s not all. There are also sites filled with pornography, how to make weapons, hatred, and on and on. So what are you supposed to do about this?

The most important thing you can do is to get an internet monitoring software program. James Dobson recommends K9 Web Protection. I haven’t used this one, but it must be good if Dr. Dobson likes it. The one we use at our house is called Safe Eyes. I think this is the most advanced internet filtering software available. In addition, it’s extremely easy to use. It really works for our family.

Safe Eyes gives you a great amount of flexibility in how you limit your kid’s time on the internet and content they are able to view. You can set up individual accounts for each of your kids and you’re able to control when they can get on by time of day. You can also limit the sites they are able to view by the category. Some of the categories you can choose are Nudity, Pornography, Profanity, Swimsuits, Social Networking, Gambling, Jokes, and many, many more.

Another option that is available is to block certain video sites: You can block all YouTube videos, or any with inappropriate content. You can also block internet TV based on the rating of the show.

Music: you can block any music with explicit lyrics and if you want you can restrict peer-to-peer file sharing, which keeps your kid from sharing illegally downloaded music and videos. These type of files also often contain malware which can harm your computer.

You can also block and/or monitor instant messaging services like Yahoo!, AIM, and MSN/Live Messenger, and you can block access to web-based chat rooms.

Gaming/Gambling. You can block access to online gameplay and access to gaming websites.

You can block Social Networking sites and/or monitor posts containing addresses, profanity, and sexually suggestive terms. In addition, you are able to restrict access to email, whether it’s web-based or non web-based.

One of the other cool things about Safe Eyes is the fact that you get a report sent to your email from each computer and detailing each user’s activity over the prior period, whether it’s daily or weekly. It gives you the terms they searched on, sites that were blocked, and other various information. It’s a great accountability tool.

If you think your child will never look at any of these sites, think again! They’re young and they haven’t really developed a conscience yet, and these sites are extremely enticing. In fact, it’s not a bad idea to have this software on your computer even if you don’t have kids in the house – it will certainly cut down on temptation.

So, if you’re looking for a great internet monitoring software, look no further than Safe Eyes.

Note: If you’re looking for a program to limit the actual time the child can be on the computer, not just the internet, the one we use is ComputerTime. To read our review of ComputerTime, click here.

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Matt is the parent (along with his wife Julie) to five wonderful kids. He has been self-employed for 25+ years and is the owner of the Parenting Allies website.

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