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10.5: Access secure sites with Parental Controls active Internet
Although I haven't been blessed with children yet, I was helping my neighbor the other day who has a bundle of them. She wanted to set up Parental Controls, which worked great, except as soon as the internet filter was turned on, Gmail broke.

The short explanation is that the filtering also filters secure communications (i.e., https), but it's buggy in the current version. I couldn't find any fix, but there's a pretty easy workaround: just add any secure websites you want to access to the "Always Allow" list (under Customize). For example, to get GMail to work, just add "google.com" to the Always Allow list.

The filtering still works pretty well, considering most children probably aren't going to many different secure websites.

[robg adds: I haven't tried this one.]
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10.5: Access secure sites with Parental Controls active
Authored by: avn on Jan 08, '09 09:05:29AM

google.com mail not be a good idea if you want parental controls to do what they are supposed to. The clever kid could always now go turn off the safe search option and find a cached version of about anything he or she wishes.

I recommend opening mail.google.com instead.



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Authored by: cheeseworm on Jan 08, '09 09:05:39AM

This suggests she's letting the kids use the computer using her account. She'd be much safer giving them their own account (non-admin obviously) to keep them out of her stuff. Who knows what they might delete!



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Authored by: ziwcam on Jan 08, '09 11:35:20PM

I think (but have not tested) that, even on separate accounts, parental controls still proxy's everything. (that's how it works). So, even with a separate account, the mere act of having parental controls on would break gmail, unless added to the always allow list.



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Authored by: jecwobble on Jan 09, '09 05:21:05AM

I don't know if I understand what you mean by "proxy's everything". However, I can attest from experience that on my computer, I have four accounts (me, my wife, and two kids). I turned parental controls on for just the kids' accounts and have had no issues whatsoever with my wife and I's accounts.



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