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jemmy22
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Parental control for Nook Color

I want to lock down the internet on the Nook so my child is unable to see violent and pronographic websites.  How can I do that?

 

Thanks for you help!

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Re: Parental control for Nook Color

If you root it there may be a way, but not with the stock browser. Sorry.
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Doing it on the device might require changes to Android.  The new kernel supports Droidwall, which is a firewall, but as currently written Droidwall is primarily controlling which applications can talk to the internet, rather than offering a "lockdown" option for specific content. 

 

If you want to use Droidwall for blocking the internet except when you are around, you would need to

 

1) root your NC

2) install droidwall

3) set a password on droidwall

4) leave droidwall set to block the browser from communicating with the internet.  If you wanted to enable access, you'd launch the app, enter your password, grant permission, and save your changes. 

 

You'd do better to use OpenDNS on your router, and then choose what classes of things you want to block on every computer at your house, not just the nook. 

 

OpenDNS supports category filtering and it lets you do the settings just once for a given router.

 

Another option would be to change ISPs to an ISP that filters the internet before it reaches your residence.  There are ISPs out there who do this.  

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Re: Parental control for Nook Color


jemmy22 wrote:

I want to lock down the internet on the Nook so my child is unable to see violent and pronographic websites.  How can I do that?

 

Thanks for you help!



If your kid uses the Nook Color only at home, it may be possible to block internet access from the firewall on your wireless router. Depends on the capabilities of your wireless router. At the very least you should be able to prevent your wireless router from assigning the Nook Color a IP address through your router's DHCP console (either by filtering out the Nook Color's MAC address, or in reverse, by only allowing your other devices to be assigned an IP address based on their MAC address. This process is called MAC address filtering)

 

It if sounds complicated it's because it is, to some extent. Also, you'd have to log into your router's firewall to change the settings back every thime you want to access the internet through the Nook Color (even just to go to the B&N book store).

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Re: Parental control for Nook Color

@serolf:  I agree that using the single device that connects everyone to the internet is the way to go.  I recommend people use OpenDNS rather than trying to do content filters on consumer routers.  Devices with decent content filtering that works cost way more than a consumer router does. 

 

If configuring an openDNS account is a challenge, switch ISPs and find one which offers content filtering on their end. 

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Re: Parental control for Nook Color


jemmy22 wrote:

I want to lock down the internet on the Nook so my child is unable to see violent and pronographic websites.  How can I do that?

 

Thanks for you help!



There is no way with a stock NC to lock down the internet, and even with "lock downs" new inapprorpriate sites show up all the time.  

 

The very best method is YOU watching YOUR child while they use the NC.    And YOU training YOUR child what types of things are not appropriate.

 

But be aware, no matter what you do...your child will be exposed to inappropriate content either at home, a friend's house, school, library or anyother place.    Thus the training you give your child will help determine if they pass the inappropriate content by or get interested.

 

IT's that simple.

 

 

 

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Re: Parental control for Nook Color

It is almost impossible to lock down any device even with parental controls.  My daughter was always horse crazy and would use Google or other search engines to look up horse related things.  I had all the sites I could think of blocked but every time she did a search, up popped porn.  Same with school projects and research.  All any of us can hope is that we planted the right seeds and the kids listened enough to let them grow.

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Re: Parental control for Nook Color

Love all the wise words of parenting wisdom that come along with these threads. lol Sheesh, write a book if your so keen to school parents on the pitfalls of raising kids.

 

She asked if there were parental controls on the NC not HOW to parent.

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I want to recommend that everyone here take a look at openDNS as part of your antivirus / antimalware protection.  You can do more with it, but that's the main reason I first started looking into it. 

 

What openDNS does is tell your computer where internet resources are located.  To get the answer, the computer has to ask for the resource.  OpenDNS compares the request to its very large database of domain names and addresses. 

 

It is useful for keeping your computers from picking up "drive-by" downloads.  If a legit website has been compromised and now contains links to malicious sites buried in the page, openDNS can help quite a bit.  By default, it blocks you from spyware and malware.  You can add other things to your list as well.

 

It is the closest thing I know of a to a commercial grade filter that can be used at home. 

 

Since there are a gazillion websites, manually maintained lists just don't work.  OpenDNS does a lot of cloudsourcing of its data, sharing URLs with other security systems. I set up any home router I work on to use openDNS as its DNS resolver. 

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Re: Parental control for Nook Color

It is not that simple. Kids come across inappropriate content by typing simple words. One site leads to the next..... Children are drawn to the forbidden fruit and immensely curious. Having a way to search history and restrict content is critical. Our relatives gave our kids Nook colors for Xmas. We are now being put in a terrible position. Our kids laptops have high security mode which blocks most inappropriate content and games. They can search and explore the Internet safely. This cannot be that difficult for B&N to configure, and frankly they are missing the boat. Quit judging these parents and blaming them. I know plenty of parents with your attitude and their kids have fooled them too. I have had to disable the Internet from their nooks and it is only a matter of time before they figure out how to turn them on. Sadly, we cannot let them take them to their rooms either. We are going to look into a firewall setting on our modem. B& N, take heed. Parents want Internet security to block pornography and violence on our children's Nooks. The Internet has lots of good for them to access, but there are many harmful sites as well.
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Familyof5 wrote:
It is not that simple. Kids come across inappropriate content by typing simple words. One site leads to the next..... Children are drawn to the forbidden fruit and immensely curious. Having a way to search history and restrict content is critical. Our relatives gave our kids Nook colors for Xmas. We are now being put in a terrible position. Our kids laptops have high security mode which blocks most inappropriate content and games. They can search and explore the Internet safely. This cannot be that difficult for B&N to configure, and frankly they are missing the boat. Quit judging these parents and blaming them. I know plenty of parents with your attitude and their kids have fooled them too. I have had to disable the Internet from their nooks and it is only a matter of time before they figure out how to turn them on. Sadly, we cannot let them take them to their rooms either. We are going to look into a firewall setting on our modem. B& N, take heed. Parents want Internet security to block pornography and violence on our children's Nooks. The Internet has lots of good for them to access, but there are many harmful sites as well.

If your kids have laptops they do not need Internet on their Nook Colors.

You do know you can password protect access to the browser and social features? You can also password protect shop purchases.

Settings => security => restrictions => Web browser / Social.

Settings => shop => Require password for purchases.

 


 

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Re: Parental control for Nook Color

Another advocate for OpenDNS here. And it's FREE. It's not a lockdown, but it does clean up a lot of net garbage, In the end it's your parental values that guide your child. If you want a lockdown, then shut off the internet entirely. IMO TV is probably worse because it presents decadence as "normal" everyday behavior, and desensitizes our values.

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Re: Parental control for Nook Color

A couple points for those who think the most apt response to this request is a rant about engaged parenting:

 

  • The request is being made by people actively seeking a way to balance using exciting technology and not opening a floodgate of adult material in their children's bedroom.  I'm not seeing people wishing to outsource their parenting to Barnes & Noble, or who think that, if these features existed, then using them would have discharged them of their duty to be engaged in what content their children are consuming.
  • The most common use case for the Nook is to use it to read books. I suspect even the most obsessed helipcopter parent doesn't peer over her child's shoulder whenever she's reading a book.
  • The term "nanny state" is pejorative because it refers to efforts by various levels of government to have a similar level of care, control, and monitoring of its citizens that parents (or "nannies") typically have over their minor children.  When applied to efforts by parents to govern thier minor children's consumption of media, it loses its force.
  • Perhaps we should have been more through in investigating whether these features existed.  But remember this is the Nook Color.  What type of books will color be a value-added feature for?  Some art and photography books, graphic novels, but mostly children's books.There's a kids' section on Barnes & Noble's site.  I don't think it's absurd that some parents would think that a product being marketed in part based on its appeal to children would include tools that would make it safe for them to use.
  • We are aware that even the best filter is not perfect, and not a substitute for engaged parenting.  Still, even a simple filter would have to be actively circumvented, whereas no filter would not be.  That moment is one where a child's conscience could kick in and realize they're doing something they shouldn't be.  That's worthwhile.

 

Parenting is tough.  We're not asking B&N and other companies to do our parenting for us.  We're asking them to help us out a little bit.  I'm sorry if making it simpler to keep kids away from adult materials causes some extra work and inconvenience for the rest of us, but I would consider it a worthwhile investment.

 

What we ended up doing was disabling the web feature with the security code, so our daughter will need us to turn it on for her if she'd like to use it.  This leaves the opening for the book store, but we can probably handle that

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Wanting to offer a child an enriched and enhanced reading experience in a safe environment is not bad parenting. It's very important to encourage reading in our children. Asking for the ability to provide that safe environment is VERY good parenting.

Face it, parenting is a tough job. The more tools a parent has, the better a parent can do that job and the more likely that the child will get the message and know what their boundaries and rules ARE. So lets lighten up on the OP. Parenting is a tough job and anyone who actively TRIES and seeks tools to help them raise their child in the age of easy acces, needs applause and encouragement, not lectures. They aren't asking for others to do it FOR them nor are they trying to force that on anyone else.....they just want to have tools that help them control when and what type of access is granted.

Now for the practical.

 I am currently looking at my NookColor. Under settings, is a tab for restrictions. Looking in there, you can restrict social apps and the web browser. It also has a passcode lock but I don't know if that is for the restrictions or for the device itself. If just for the device, it won't help locking a child out once they device is accessed since they could easily uncheck the restrictions themselves. If the passcode locks the restrictions......problem solved.

Good luck OP!

 

 

 

 



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I don't think this was already mentioned but the nc update 1.4 does include parental controls.

Settings>apps>parental controls>Internet.  You can set a password so you can unlock it if need be.

 

Edit:  Sorry compulsivereader i didn't see the end of your post.

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HungerGamesPerson wrote:

I don't think this was already mentioned but the nc update 1.4 does include parental controls.

Settings>apps>parental controls>Internet.  You can set a password so you can unlock it if need be.

 

Edit:  Sorry compulsivereader i didn't see the end of your post.



not a problem :smileyhappy:

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Re: Parental control for Nook Color

As others have mentioned, the latest NC software update has added to the Security options in the Settings app a section called Restrictions which allows locking out web and social features. Also others have mentioned OpenDNS: you cannot set up an unrooted NC to use OpenDNS, but you can easily set most home routers to use it.
So one scenario is, while at home the child is allowed Internet access with OpenDNS used on the home router. While on the road, Internet access is allowed only while in close proximity to a parent. Of course if a neighbor has an open WiFi router then OpenDNS might not be too effective, in which case maybe a chat with that neighbor might be indicated.
OpenDNS tags websites into more than 50 categories by user voting: if enough users agree Site X should be tagged Category Y then it is so tagged. If some users disagree then a moderator takes a look. Basically they cloudsource tagging to users. Parents can then make fairly fine-grained distinctions of which categories to allow. A very nice optional feature is a customized page can appear for a blocked site, with wording chosen by the parents and a "click here to email a parent with request for unblocking this site" button. Then Mommy or Daddy can check out that site and decide whether to allow it.
Even if parents trust kids won't intentionally go somewhere they shouldn't, OpenDNS might be worth using just to stop phishing and typosquatting. Most of us have probably typed an URL one letter away from the name of some big company and landed on a page full of ads, adult content, or whatever!
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geertm wrote:

Familyof5 wrote:
It is not that simple. Kids come across inappropriate content by typing simple words. One site leads to the next..... Children are drawn to the forbidden fruit and immensely curious. Having a way to search history and restrict content is critical. Our relatives gave our kids Nook colors for Xmas. We are now being put in a terrible position. Our kids laptops have high security mode which blocks most inappropriate content and games. They can search and explore the Internet safely. This cannot be that difficult for B&N to configure, and frankly they are missing the boat. Quit judging these parents and blaming them. I know plenty of parents with your attitude and their kids have fooled them too. I have had to disable the Internet from their nooks and it is only a matter of time before they figure out how to turn them on. Sadly, we cannot let them take them to their rooms either. We are going to look into a firewall setting on our modem. B& N, take heed. Parents want Internet security to block pornography and violence on our children's Nooks. The Internet has lots of good for them to access, but there are many harmful sites as well.

If your kids have laptops they do not need Internet on their Nook Colors.

You do know you can password protect access to the browser and social features? You can also password protect shop purchases.

Settings => security => restrictions => Web browser / Social.

Settings => shop => Require password for purchases.

 


 



We were in the NOOK store searching the word "FREE".  To our amazement the search results came back with porn/erotica with pornographic cover pages.  You are right!  BN needs to pay attention here and give parents the tools we need to do the following: 

 

Limit access to books and apps and games and mags etc by genre, content, category, and age - and let parents decide what is age appropriate.

 

Limit access to the internet - let parents set specific sites that their kids may access - for instance, we want our kids to go to there school's website and maybe 2 or 3 other sites - that's it!  We should be able to do that and block all others.

 

Limit access to the book library - let mom and dad have a parents shelf that we can "lock" with a password.  We don't want our kids looking at the half naked women in the womens magazine ads.  But we (the parents) would still like to read the magazines.  This feature would allow the whole family to use the nook and the kids can be protected from content that is not age appropriate. 

 

Concerned parents need to get together to apply pressure on BN to affect these changes.  In the end, they will win with a family friendly format.