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Google Desktop Users Beware


Beerman

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Actually, the Google Desktop is different than the Google Toolbar. Altho the toolbar might be included with it. It can monitor a number of different things on your pc, and from the looks of it, has been updated to include a lot more in the way of plug ins.

As an example, I use it here to keep an index of all the IM's coming and going in AIM on my son's pc that I can search thru in case there is any issues with AIM being used in violation of 'Our' usage rules.

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Actually, the Google Desktop is different than the Google Toolbar. Altho the toolbar might be included with it. It can monitor a number of different things on your pc, and from the looks of it, has been updated to include a lot more in the way of plug ins.

As an example, I use it here to keep an index of all the IM's coming and going in AIM on my son's pc that I can search thru in case there is any issues with AIM being used in violation of 'Our' usage rules.

So Larry, are you saying you are spying on your son? :huh:

I check in from my downstairs to his system upstairs using VNC. However, he knows when it connects and shuts it off :D That's when I lock down his IP :)

Sometimes it's fun being the all powerful parent but usually, it's not.

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So Larry, are you saying you are spying on your son? :huh:

I check in from my downstairs to his system upstairs using VNC. However, he knows when it connects and shuts it off :D That's when I lock down his IP :)

Sometimes it's fun being the all powerful parent but usually, it's not.

Ha ha,, knowing Kidd's of the digital age, he has already got work around to your protection and gets and does what he wants anyway....

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I have two daughters to and you can never be to safe. They (the kids) don't realize the dangers out there on the internet. I, have already shut down their wireless connections when they violated "Our House rules "on Internet usage . They may not understand now, but when they get a litlle older that will realize that we (the parents) were only protecting them from the dangers on the Internet.

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So Larry, are you saying you are spying on your son? :)

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Sometimes it's fun being the all powerful parent but usually, it's not.

Not really. I only used it a few times after first installing it many many months ago, just so I knew how I could search and that it was saving the AIM chats. It's there more of as a deterint for him, and a 'just in case' we need to look up something.

 

It has it's ups and downs, that's for sure.

 

Ha ha,, knowing Kidd's of the digital age, he has already got work around to your protection and gets and does what he wants anyway....

Not in this case I'm afraid. Dad's still light years ahead of him. :huh:

It helps that he's not that interested in learning the in's & outs of the pc yet. He only uses it occasionally, and mostly to add music to his ipod, chat a little, and play some 'simple' online games. And I'm talking online games like at Candystand and Addicting Games (the freebie simple types). He's usually too busy playing Hockey, watching movies, playing his PS2, or on the phone with friends. He's on the thing less than 3 or 4 hours a week!

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I have two daughters to and you can never be to safe. They (the kids) don't realize the dangers out there on the internet. I, have already shut down their wireless connections when they violated "Our House rules "on Internet usage . They may not understand now, but when they get a litlle older that will realize that we (the parents) were only protecting them from the dangers on the Internet.

 

Mine is yet to come.. 4 year old and 6 month old.. and the 4 year old is very good with the dam things already...... so my days are comming.

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Yep....

 

My kids are 7 and 4 years of age and they put their Mum to shame how they can navigate around their computer (hand me down....good excuse to get myself a new computer!). So far I am quite impressed with the AOL Parent controls.

 

Life is to fast these days and us parents need to keep up with these ever growing enquiring minds of our children

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When I remarked at how my 8-year-old was so much quicker than me at learning computer games she turned to me and said "Well Daddy, you ARE only an adult."

 

(sigh)

And in your case Brendon, you don't always act like one :):huh::D

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I'm pretty sure Neil is right when he suggestes that kids that have access to a computer, either at home or away, have way more computer savvy than the parents give them credit for. Mine are all grow up and have kids of their own and I have seen what my dear grand kids can do and it's scarry. I really thought I was way ahead of one of my grandsons and helped my daughter fix his computer to how they wanted him to access it. Well in a few days he brought home a program he borrowed from a friend at school that cut through all of the passwords I had set, so fast it would make your head spin !!

 

Then on top of that he showed me some other things that I had no idea existed. Soooo--if they can't get it at home they can get it from other kids that are way ahead of us. If you think you have more savvy than some of these 14 year olds, you are sadly mistaken. That doesn't mean they are all that smart but they usually have friends that are !!

 

Frank.....

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That's very true. About the only thing you can do is keep the computer in a place where you can walk by and check to see what they are doing. And talk to them about the dangers of the net...... then pray a lot.

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