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Making Linux Safe For Kids

asked 2016-08-29 20:42:09 -0500

pantsignal gravatar image

Hi,

I am doing some research about internet safety and security online for a podcast/youtube tutorials for online safety for children.

What I am hoping to achieve is get an online resource for parents/teachers etc to refer to software they can install, things they can do, ways to teach kids about being safe and secure online. I am asking friends to help with the Mac section, and I have a Windows VM ready for playing around on with settings and software.

Does anyone out there have any advice, experience, ideas on making a Linux machine safe for kids to use on the internet? I am posting here as I use Fedora, so apologies if this extends beyond the scope of Fedora but I am looking for Apps, web sites, settings on routers etc so non tech parents can help make their internet safe for kids.

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Not exactly sure how good this fits your needs, but maybe you can take a look at Sugar on a Stick (SoaS ), a kids-oriented Fedora-derivative: https://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Sugar_o...

https://spins.fedoraproject.org/soas/

https://opensource.com/education/14/1...

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-08-29 21:53:06 -0500 )edit

Those are certainly a great start. I was aware of SoaS but never used it....time for a VM methinks. Thank you.

pantsignal gravatar imagepantsignal ( 2016-08-29 22:38:02 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-08-30 02:26:32 -0500

davidva gravatar image

Well, all version works fine... You can...

1) Block adult sites... You can change your DNS in your internet connections... example 'Yandex Family' works for me...

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2) Install educative games...

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I would be a tad cautious about using Yandex if I were you. All of their servers are on the same Class C subnet, meaning that all it takes is for one router to go down and they're all off-line.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2016-08-30 13:53:43 -0500 )edit

@sideburns Yandex.DNS offers an alternative to -- the mostly -- US operated third party DNS services. I'm not saying that it is more private or secure than those, only that it is an alternative. A controversial topic ;) . If someone want better filtering options, Open DNS or a comparable service is the way to go as they offer better customization options.

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2016-08-30 14:31:49 -0500 )edit

I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with the service, just that their setup has a single point of failure. You've got room for more than two DNS servers, so it might be a Good Idea to have Google's as a third and fourth, for emergency use.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2016-08-30 15:07:15 -0500 )edit

@sideburns but google only serves a mode, without filter. A similar DNS is OpenDNS Family

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2016-08-30 15:15:26 -0500 )edit

I understand that Google doesn't filter, but would you rather have that, or no DNS if Yandex's router dies? OpenDNS Family looks like a better choice because the servers aren't both on the same subnet.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2016-08-30 15:52:44 -0500 )edit
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answered 2016-08-30 03:40:34 -0500

jake gravatar image

1) Just don't give em the root-pwd, so they can't destroy things. (BUT! I learned loads and lots about linux/fedora by unintentionally breaking stuff and repairing it.

2) If i have kids i would't setup a local DNS filter, most gateways/router/modems come with such functionality. Just type the ip-address of your gateway in a webbrowser, login and set it up there.

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