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By grumpyrhonda - 28 July 2010 27

Hi all

I have a 14 year old son who seems to be quite clever with computer stuff.  He is a gamer and has also been teaching himself to create programs and those little windows pop up boxes.  I need to give him direction in his computer stuff but have no idea what he is doing let alone how he is doing it.

He talks about IP addresses, hacking, blocking hackers, dossing, automatically resetting an IP, having a fake IP.  I ask him what he means and he says that if anyone looks up our address, they will see we are in India or something like that.  I have no idea on how to help him and I am hoping there are some rioters out there that can guide me in trying to keep him on the right side of the law as I can see him having a future in this computer stuff somewhere.

He worries me as he is into things I can’t even begin to understand.  I’ve tried to investigate courses but haven’t been able to find anything suitable.  Most courses are for kids 16 and over.

I’m looking forward to your replies.

[ED – if he isn’t spoofing his MAC as well then all he’s got is a false sense of security]

What’s Your opinion?


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vg 8:28 pm 29 Jul 10

There was me worrying about kids getting injured playing sport

nhand42 7:21 pm 29 Jul 10

grumpyrhonda said :

Although there is a lot we don’t understand about what he does, we believe he is doing the right thing.

If he is DoSing other computers, then he is not doing the right thing. If he was any older he’d face criminal charges. DoSing is one of the bigger threats and costs to IT departments throughout the world.

Smack him upside the head and ban him from the computer for a month. Coddling him and hugging him and telling him he’s a precious little flower who can do no wrong… will only encourage his evil ways.

grumpyrhonda 11:36 am 29 Jul 10

It is his own computer that he has saved for and bought himself. His father and I helped out with the cost as part of his Christmas gift. Whatever he downloads to it is his responsibility. We have tried our best to raise him to be morally responsibly and accountable for his actions. Although there is a lot we don’t understand about what he does, we believe he is doing the right thing. We just need direction for him. Having spoken to him, he assures me that he has learned about hacking to prevent hackers on his computer. Thank you for the suggestions we’ve received.

landcat 11:22 am 29 Jul 10

Erg0 said :

landcat said :

I do hope your son hacks you admin password just to spite you.

Are you serious? There’s no way that I’d be giving a teenager unrestricted access to install whatever crap takes their fancy on my PC.

If a 12 year old is smart enough to jailbreak an iPod then I think they would be smart enough to check the downloads for viruses and would also know what websites would have viruses.

Once again the nanny state mentality makes this topic clear with it’s saying: ‘camputers?! What is this foul witchcraft?!’

not that wizards are to blame.

hellspice 10:26 am 29 Jul 10

step 1. hax + counter strike
step 2. world domination
Bwahahahahahhahahahahhahahahah

that or his steam account mught get banned

Erg0 10:01 am 29 Jul 10

landcat said :

I do hope your son hacks you admin password just to spite you.

Are you serious? There’s no way that I’d be giving a teenager unrestricted access to install whatever crap takes their fancy on my PC.

el 9:17 am 29 Jul 10

nhand42 said :

He’s what we call a “script kiddie”. A young person with too much time, not nearly as much knowledge as they think they have, and no sense of responsibility.

Personally, I blame the parents.

Agreed. But I blame global warming.

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