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If your son is using the TOR network then there is practically nothing you can do stop him browsing any website he likes and there is no way to monitor the sites he does browse. Website blockers or firewalls, either in software or in your router, cannot block TOR. Other tools that you may buy cannot block TOR. The Chinese government are doing everything ...


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Don't feel like a real answer, but too long and too much like an answer for a comment: Monitoring (with technological measures, keystroke/screen/browsing history recording) what a child/teen does on a computer can be like reading their diaries, setting them up with an electronic/GPS bracelet and using hidden microphones to listen in to their private ...


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If your goal is to monitor and/or control your son's Internet access while he's using a computer at home, then your single best point of control is your router (or modem/router combo). The reason the router is best is because all your home network traffic must go through it, with few exceptions. Any decent home router has white/blacklisting options, as ...


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If your son is planning a career in IT (you mentioned he has shown an interest in programming), continuing this 'arms race' as you call it is a great way to help him build skills which will be very marketable later on in life. You set them up, he knocks them down, and as you go on the blocks you put in place become more advanced and he comes up with more ...


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I've always been the computer geek of my family and it was probably easier in the days when we only had one computer per household (I have three of my own now. And spares!). I've not been a parent, but from a kid's perspective... Engage don't spy. Talk to your kid about what he's doing. Computer programming is a very useful life skill in this day and age. ...


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I may be able to bring a new perspective to this discussion. Although I am not a parent, I was a child prodigy on the computer. I taught myself HTML when I was 8, and I learned tons of super useful skills from the ages of 10-16 that helped me start a career without a college education. Did I get exposed to a lot of porn and other inappropriate content? Of ...


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At sixteen years, the influence you have on the personality of your son is so minor as to be nonexistent. If you haven't managed to teach your son how to live well by now, you won't be able to overcome the influence of his friends and the current (internet active) culture. In my opinion it is best to stop controlling your son and to begin trusting him. If ...


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Step 1: talk to him about this. He's 16, which means he's fairly close to being an adult and probably at least somewhat responsible. Let him know what you think is acceptable and what is not, and make some rules about computers in the house. Make sure to explain why you want to monitor his activities and block access to certain sites. This could include ...



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