My 8yr old daughter delivered on her promise of getting a good school report this year, and I'm delivering on mine by setting up a laptop for her.
At the moment, I've:
- Burn't the recovery disks
- Uninstalled the bloatware
- Setup some antimalware protection and software firewall
- Downloaded the updates and installed SP1
- Setup a standard user account for her
- Setup updating and scanning schedules
- Created a Macrium Image of unbloated system
We've already had a good talk about a good PC-life balance, and the fact that the laptop is only ever used in the family room. The ground rules have been discussed, and no quarter will be given. Rules are inviolate and assurances have been given under pain of with-holding of laptop privleges.
I plan on using Brink's excellent tutorial: Parental Controls - Setup and Use
to lock-down/prevent access to most programs. I also plan to use this: Windows Live Family Safety 2011
to setup some safeguards.
The usage, at least initially, will be for some educational gaming - absolutely no social programmes will be run. Longer term into 2012, I would like to teach her how lucky she is to have so much information at her disposal, simply through searching the internet, and to teach her to use this wonderful resource wisely. Herein lies my concern : whilst Windows Live Safety has a SafeSearch function, I've never used it so don't know how effective it is.
Has anyone in a similar position used this function, and if so, how effective is it? Is there an alternative "search engine" in existence that is more geared towards younger children?
I'd be particularly grateful to hear from those with children of similar age who have had to go on this journey. What are your suggestions/advice? System Specifications:
Pentium P6100 @2GHz
2 x 1GB DDR3 RAM
Intel HD Graphics
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1