this day and age where the majority of families have access to the
internet, it can sometimes be a dangerous place for children,
especially without appropriate supervision. Whether it's surfing the
net, using chat rooms or even downloading, some Internet Predators
prey on these software technologies and unfortunately parents cannot
realistically monitor their children in person 24 hours per day.
This is where Net Nanny comes into the picture and not only does it
offer protection against Internet Predators but it also protects
children from online bullying and considering that some bullying may
lead to suicide, this is definitely a must have piece of software.
Whether it's limiting their usage or supervising the usage, there
are a number of features that this software package can do and best
of all, it's now available on the Mac.
mode that works with all chat clients
Block access to
specific protocols, eg. HTTP, IM, P2P
Blocks web page
access to specific categories or sites
Web filters are
Works with 'safe
search' feature of search engines
Full logs of
In its essence, Net
Nanny acts as a "virtual" nanny for parents by protecting their
children from a variety of dangerous and offensive situations. By
installing this software package on your Mac, it monitors and
protects children from a variety of different internet technologies
such as filtering out offensive words, preventing pornography from
appearing on their screens and even monitoring chatrooms with
extensive logs. These are just some of the features that Net Nanny
for Mac covers and best of all, it's quite affordably priced at
The installation of Net Nanny automatically installed once the CD
was detected by our Mac and after a few moments, our system had the
option of ensuring that our children would be protected from a
variety of situations. Another impressive feature of Net Nanny is
that it requires very little hard drive space on your computer and
does not become a resource hog, ensuring uninterrupted computing for
Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger®) or higher
or PowerPC microprocessor
Hard Drive Space
40MB free hard disk space
installation was completed, we had to configure the software and
thankfully the software takes the user through these steps. For us,
the most impressive feature of Net Nanny is that it silently
monitors and protects your computer without unnecessary
By now, you may be thinking if this software really works and the
short answer is yes. We tested this software with a variety of
internet technologies and went straight to Google for our first
test. After typing in some key search phrases, Net Nanny prevented
any results from coming up.
We even typed a website directly and Net Nanny prevented us from
accessing it. Other testing included peer to peer software packages,
internet chat rooms (key words) and even FTP which the program
prevented us from accessing.
When it comes to monitoring of internet chat, Net Nanny picks up on
certain words and even phrases that can be directly e-mailed back to
you. The beauty of the e-mail feature of Net Nanny is that the
program even gives you a warning of what may be happening online,
whether it's cyber bulling or another online predator.
Of course, the internet is not all about pornography and Net Nanny
can block a variety of hate sites, even hate site chat rooms,
ensuring that your children are protected from these aspects.
Whether your child is using Facebook, MySpace or a variety of other
social networking sites, Net Nanny monitors these sites and even
your child's profile, ensuring that only the correct people are
viewing their profiles. It even monitors your child's profile to
ensure that there is no misleading information.
Finally and probably the most impressive feature of Net Nanny is the
remote management module of the program. This is ideal for parents
wishing to manage their child's internet safety policy from work or
even on a mobile phone. A scenario may have involved an alert
regarding cyber bullying and from a remote connection, the parent
can then change the settings, ensuring greater protection.
In conclusion, Net Nanny comes highly recommended by Impulse Gamer,
however it should be noted that parents cannot rely on just Net
Nanny alone. Children need to be supported, guided and protected
while using the internet and parents should always be involved at
certain stages to ensure that their children are best protected.
Thankfully Net Nanny works as a positive tool for both parents and
children, protecting them from a variety of nefarious websites,
chats and the like but best of all, at an extremely affordable cost
and with all the bells and whistles.