Parent control of time/content in linux
I am looking into how to control the time my kids spend on the computer and the content they view access on the net. I am currently using dreamlinux (debian).
There appears to be a good program called Dan's something which I ran across for content filtering. The issue I seem to have is scheduling/controlling time.
If I go to a library they will have me reserve a machine and a time slot. Of course then have filtering also. Is there a way to do this on a stand alone machine based on a users login.
Example: I might limit my kids use of the computer to some predetermined time or range of time. Or I might allow the kids an accumulated amount of time per day.
Restricting the time my kids spend on the computer may help in a number of ways:
It would help keep them from becoming net zombies (like their dad:-)Very much like what I saw them do with video games.
It would help focus their attention and encourage efficient use of their time and resources.
It could be used as a form of reward or encouragement for a job well done.
It would take me out of the "argument", "begging", "whining" loop. "Hey its the way the computer's set up. What can I do?"
It may also encourage them to learn to hack a way around it. They would most certainly have to learn some command line to try and do so. Who knows might even end up with a linux programmers in the deal :-)
If anyone has experience with this issue or can point me in the direction of a resource for parents, librarys or internet cafes, I'd appreciate it.
Thanks for your consideration.