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DadWithTeens
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Parental Controls on Nook Browser

Is there a way to limit what websites can be accessed by the browser?

 

All of our other computers and phones have internet filters and we don't like having this in our house without one.  Along with the great content, there is just too much evil stuff out in plain view on the net.

 

Alternately, can you disable the browser?

 

If not, I wouldn't be a responsible parent if I don't just send this back to B&N and get the Sony reader - which I understand has no browser - instead.

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Re: Parental Controls on Nook Browser

Nope, no controls are available, except for the extreme dogginess of the browser.  It can't be turned off. 

 

If you get a Sony, all shopping is done on the computer and sideloaded to the reader. 

 

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QuiteTheCharacter
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Re: Parental Controls on Nook Browser

You can put parental controls in your router, which would affect all computers in your home.. These obviously would not be in effect when the nook is taken elsewhere though.

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sirwillard
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Re: Parental Controls on Nook Browser

No, and this is something often requested on these forums. The best you could do today is just keep the device out of the hands of your teens, which doesn't necessarily mean shipping it back to B&N, but that's a choice you'll have to make.

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Michael-V
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Re: Parental Controls on Nook Browser

@DadWithTeens,

Thank you for posting.  We're striving to improve the reading experience and your input is valuable. 

Although there are no parental controls for the web browser and there is no way to turn-off or disable the browser feature, the browser feature only works when the device is connected via Wi-Fi. So, if there is no Wi-Fi, then the device cannot connect to the Internet (the web browser feature will not work). The web browser feature does not work when the device is connected to 3G wireless.

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ABthree
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Re: Parental Controls on Nook Browser

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@DadWithTeens

 

B&N makes clear in its Ts & Cs that Nook is for adult use only.  Sounds like the lockdown procedures in your house are sufficiently stringent to keep it out of the reach of the impressionable juveniles.

 

If a Nook does fall into immature hands, the Nook browser is, as has been stated, practically useless.  It certainly isn't sufficiently functional to handle graphics-heavy sites, which should be of considerable comfort under the circumstances.

 

The safest eReader for the responsible parent truly serious about 24/7/365 control is probably Kobo, which has no radio contact whatever with the outside world, and is cheap enough to simply smash in righteous anger and replace in the event that any of the referenced "evil stuff" is found to have been spirited aboard in spite of your best efforts to block it.

 

BTW, you'll probably want to avoid some of B&N's free offers, particularly this week's B&N free Classics:  the theme is Books that Have Been Banned.

 

Glad to be of service.  :smileywink:

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Re: Parental Controls on Nook Browser

After using the browser I can safely say *who the heck would try to get porn on it anyway?* 

 

 

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Re: Parental Controls on Nook Browser

@Jenniisme

 

I agree, from playing with a NOOK in-store, I imagine the browser is only good for text sites such as e-mail or Wikipedia.  I certainly can't see porn being an issue with the NOOK browser.

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Re: Parental Controls on Nook Browser


Jenniisme wrote:

After using the browser I can safely say *who the heck would try to get porn on it anyway?* 

 

 


 

Exactly.  If they're desperate enough to use the nook to look at porn, then they'll just do it on the computers/phones/psp of their friends who have less controls.

 

Shopping for books though could be dicey since there are erotica sections.

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Re: Parental Controls on Nook Browser

One option is to get a rounter that can do this sort of thing.  You can then find the MAC address from the setup screen, give that MAC address a persistent DHCP address, and then turn on filtering of that IP address.

 

This, of course, assumed that your router can do this.  If not, then DD-WRT is awesome -- some assembly required, and not for the faint-of-heart.

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Re: Parental Controls on Nook Browser

 


gqb wrote:

Jenniisme wrote:

After using the browser I can safely say *who the heck would try to get porn on it anyway?* 

 

 


 

Exactly.  If they're desperate enough to use the nook to look at porn, then they'll just do it on the computers/phones/psp of their friends who have less controls.

 

Shopping for books though could be dicey since there are erotica sections.


 

I'm just waiting for Hustler to become available in the eMagazine section.  :smileywink:

 

The above is based upon my opinion... yours may vary!
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Arctic_Ranger
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Re: Parental Controls on Nook Browser

ABthree- I admit I cannot tell if you are being tongue in cheek in your reply. 

 

It does seem to me that there is a pattern on these boards that if anyone expresses concern over what their children may read or otherwise be exposed to they are automaticaly treated as if they are backwards tyrannical morons.  I just call that good parenting and asking for help in figruing our ways to make technology work for you and your family doesn't mean that you are antitechnology, anti-reading banned books, etc.  It just means you realize that whatever piece of technology you want to use isn't an unmitigated good.

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Re: Parental Controls on Nook Browser

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Arctic_Ranger wrote:

ABthree- I admit I cannot tell if you are being tongue in cheek in your reply. 

 

It does seem to me that there is a pattern on these boards that if anyone expresses concern over what their children may read or otherwise be exposed to they are automaticaly treated as if they are backwards tyrannical morons.


 

I would say that you read me correctly and fairly represent my views, although I would probably have inserted "self-righteous and paranoid" between the words "backwards" and "tyrannical" above, and used a noun implying less mental defect and so more culpability than "moron".

 

 

Thanks -- I was afraid that I may have been too subtle in my first post. :smileywink:

 

In context, though, I was entirely sincere in suggesting the Kobo reader.  I raised a teenager (so I speak from experience), and as the OP's agenda collides with the healthy teenage mind, a disposable eReader will be a ... blessing.

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Re: Parental Controls on Nook Browser


gqb wrote:

Jenniisme wrote:

After using the browser I can safely say *who the heck would try to get porn on it anyway?* 

 

 


 

Exactly.  If they're desperate enough to use the nook to look at porn, then they'll just do it on the computers/phones/psp of their friends who have less controls.

 

Shopping for books though could be dicey since there are erotica sections.


 

The whole thing is just weird to me. I can't imagine sensoring children from reading just about anything aside from hardcore sex books.

 

I have literally been reading since I was 5, I couldn't get enough of books. I was reading harlequins by 8, moved on to horror, thrillers and some classics. I was better read than most kids by the time I was out of grade school.

 

I could be wrong, but it's just MY opinion.

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Re: Parental Controls on Nook Browser


Jenniisme wrote:

gqb wrote:

Jenniisme wrote:

After using the browser I can safely say *who the heck would try to get porn on it anyway?* 

 

 


 

Exactly.  If they're desperate enough to use the nook to look at porn, then they'll just do it on the computers/phones/psp of their friends who have less controls.

 

Shopping for books though could be dicey since there are erotica sections.


 

The whole thing is just weird to me. I can't imagine sensoring children from reading just about anything aside from hardcore sex books.

 

I have literally been reading since I was 5, I couldn't get enough of books. I was reading harlequins by 8, moved on to horror, thrillers and some classics. I was better read than most kids by the time I was out of grade school.

 

I could be wrong, but it's just MY opinion.


When I was 15, I left my copy of Go Ask Alice lying on the end table at my grandparents and my grandfather looked at it and couldn't believe I was reading it.  I have never tried drugs, and that book (fiction or not) was a huge influence on me.

 

I've taught middle schoolers.  They'll find a way if they really want to.  Yes, parents can be responsible parents at home, but they can't be protected everywhere.  Open discussion with them is the best. My son's almost 20, but if I had a preteen/early teenager who was an avid reader, I'd splurge.  I'd be more concerned about the money spent on books!

 

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_deb_
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Re: Parental Controls on Nook Browser

@DadWithTeens

 

I suppose the first question we should ask is what type of content are you trying to filter and keep away from your teens.  Although, it really doesn't matter.  While, I do not believe they will find the browser much use if trying to access websites you have filtered from the other computers in your home, they could access an eBook on almost any topic from the Nook itself.   If you feel that strongly about shielding them - I would not allow access to the eReader at all going with one of the other options suggested here instead.

 

Now for my unsolicited opinion on parental controls....  There is most definitely material on the internet that should be blocked - not only from children, but from everyone.  Remove the extremes from the picture, though, and I believe necessary parental control depends on the child and specifics of the situation.  It is like discipline....too little or too much can do the same damage.   Children vary on what they can handle depending on age and stage of development....or at least I know my four did. 

 

Good luck!

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Re: Parental Controls on Nook Browser

I would say that telling a teen they can't read something is only going to make it more attractive to them. My parents wouldn't let me see the movies "The Exorcist" and "The Godfather". Naturally, I promptly checked out both books from my school library.I'd venture to say that they'd not have approved of some passages in the book more so than the movie!

 

As for worrying about whether a child is buying books, that's simple, don't register the nook. Then they can't buy anything. The parent can buy whatever content is desired and side load it on the nook for the child.

 

I'd tend to agree about the nook web browser and porn... the browser wouldn't be very suitable for accessing that kind of content anyway. I suppose some kids would try though. In which case a reader without connectivity might be the best plan.

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luckycat007
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Re: Parental Controls on Nook Browser

As others have said, configure your router to block out unwanted sites... or for blanket protection get a router that supports OpenDNS, and use that as your DNS - this is a great way to handle it, and it should work with almost any home network.

 

https://www.opendns.com

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Re: Parental Controls on Nook Browser

Luckycat007:  You jumped on a 3 month old thread?  

 

Some conversations just need to die after the problem is solved.

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Re: Parental Controls on Nook Browser

I found what luckycat had to say to be very helpful... so maybe the it's a good thing they jumped on a three month old post.  I am in the midst of finding a bunch of urban dictionary words my child looked up and I needed some advice... THANK YOU LUCKYCAT!

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