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How To Stop Your Kid From Deleting His Search History

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Are you a paranoid parent? Do you want to keep tabs on your kids, instead of talking to them and parenting? Well, you may have noticed that your kid is pretty smart, and knows how to cover his tracks by deleting the browser’s search history before you can see where he’s been.

Luckily, this MSDN forum thread explains how you can disable the ability to access the options page which allows deleting of the search history. Here’s how:

  • Open the Start Menu and Click “Run” (in Windows Vista, just open the Start Menu and start typing. Alternatively, you can hold down the Windows key on your keyboard and press “R”)
  • Type “gpedit.msc” and hit Enter
  • Browse through the folders in the left pane to: Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Internet Explorer -> Internet Control Panel
  • Double-click “Disable the General page”
  • Click “Enabled” and click OK

That should do it. Now you can read your kid’s search history and find out that your kid isn’t looking up porn, he just hates you, because you’re too invasive. Whoops.

No, seriously, this is pretty useful. I don’t believe parents should snoop on their kids, but the kids shouldn’t have full access to cover their tracks on the family computer. With that in mind, if you make your kid an administrator, you really are an idiot.

March 30th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Internet Explorer, Windows, Security, Applications | 6 comments



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6 Comments »

  1. [quote]With that in mind, if you make your kid an administrator, you really are an idiot.[/quote]

    Oh well. So much for those future generations of IT folk……

    Comment by DosFreak | March 30, 2007

  2. On a shared family computer, your kid cannot be an admin until he/she shows the brains to keep the system secure. My wife is even a standard user! Admin priviledges are for only the most advanced, trusted users.

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | April 1, 2007

  3. Are you sure, you are doing the right thing?

    …“You cannot shield your child forever”. But what you can do is help them to interpret and properly deal with what they have seen, heard and done…

    I strongly believe that Internet is the ‘’today’’ part of new technologies and like any powerful tool of nature, has to be managed and accessed properly to get real benefits out of it. And, only a combination of educational-guide tool and parental involvement is still the most effective way to keep our kids safe online…

    As in the real world, parents set limits on where children can play depending on their age and maturity, keeping toddlers in the back yard, for instance, while letting teenagers roam…

    That’s why we created AxylomClass ® a 2nd generation of Internet parent control software based on an innovative approach without exploiting standard technological filter, spying methods or censure approaches but with a Trust mode of navigation to develop a real parent-child communication.

    AxylomClass ® lend a hand as parent to develop and to sustain self-governance, ethical and critical attitudes from yours children electronically connected to the world with a solid control on Internet clutter by creating your private Internet (Virtual Library).

    Finally, to give them a reason to push aside all of that clutter and focus on reaching their true potential at home, in school and beyond

    Comment by Yvon | April 2, 2007

  4. So how come when I type in gpedit.msc I get an error message that it does not exist?

    Comment by bc | April 17, 2007

  5. so if you child is really smart, even though you disabled the ability to clear out the history, but they’ll still be able to view the history and delete their sites one by one. It’s may be time consuming but it works. What should I do then? is their a way to stop a kid from viewing the history?

    Comment by ID | May 10, 2007

  6. I get an error message to. I am using Windows XP. Should it still work?

    Comment by Kyle | June 12, 2007

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