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Measuring internet session time

By BDWeller
Jun 6, 2008
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  1. I'm running XP and have a simple question. Can I tell how long a computer has been logged onto the internet in a particular session for a given day? We subscribe to Comcast cable internet.

    We placed a limit on how long my son can be on the internet when he's finished his homework, but we suspect he's been going over this limit. He's alone when he gets home from school for a few hours, so we're not sure. I know there is software that can set specific times to automatically log out, but I'd like to trust him at this point. However, if there's a simple way for me to find out how long he's been online, it would help.

    Thanks so much, BDWeller
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  3. BDWeller

    BDWeller TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for your concern. However, please understand, I've installed a draconian web censoring system that allows my boy to only be on appropriate sites. And, I have the history button to determine if he's strayed in any other way. My only question is if there is way in XP to determine how long he was on the internet (without buying something).

    That's it. Nothing more. No parenting advice needed here. If there's no way to do it for free, perhaps we'll purchase the software you recommended, or, more likely one made by a U.S.-based software developer.
  4. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    It is the nature of a teen or young adolescent human being to push their limits- no matter how good or bad the parental limits are.

    So make the assumption that the time limit is being exceeded. After all, 'who's to know', 'no one around to see me', 'I'm not doing anything 'bad' and on and on.

    You might consider trying this> setting up a wired network and having it log:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/setup/wired.mspx
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