Debian and Parental Control

The premise: Old Samsung laptop (40GB HDD, 700Mg RAM) is being repurposed for use by a 9-year old with very little experience of using the internet.

Better safe than sorry, I went all out. Debian runs very decently on the decrepit machine and I used tinyproxy to block everything apart from wikipedia.org – details below. Short of that, I just removed the Chat software and the Epiphany browser (I set up Iceweasel to go through tinyproxy) and it looks safe enough!

Reference links for tinyproxy: 

Excerpts of /etc/tinyproxy.conf:

LogLevel   Critical

Filter   “/etc/tinyproxy/filter”

FilterURLs   On

FilterDefaultDeny    Yes

Content of /etc/tinyproxy/filter:

.wikipedia.org

.wikimedia.org

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