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# 249268 3-May-2019 10:09
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Hi all,


Wondering what is currently the best option for parental control over kids devices - these days software/apps really don't cut it due to the number of smart devices around (TVs, game consoles etc).

Sounds like a DNS service might be a good option possibly? Keen to hear what people are doing and what works well. 





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  # 2230098 3-May-2019 12:44
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How old & tech savy are your kids ?



DNS based wouldnt be that hard to bypass.


And they could just go to their friends house where there is no internet control/blocking


Ive heard of kids swapping out routers to remove parental controls.

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  # 2230105 3-May-2019 12:45
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Not my kids in this case - that's a few years away yet haha. 




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  # 2230125 3-May-2019 13:15
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The best options depend upon what you want to achieve. At one extreme, you might want to prevent any unsupervised Internet access or you might just want to inadvertent/accidental access to inappropriate websites. So more info would help.


The cat is out of the bag with respect to Internet access. Even inside our homes, mobile data access is cheap and ubiquitous - you can't even block wireless signals unless you live in a Faraday cage - so it is relatively easy to circumvent almost any control you implement. As you've already pointed out, our kids have access to so many devices that we can't control, e.g. at school.


If you cannot trust your kids to comply with your regime then there is very little to stop them circumventing anything you do. This doesn't mean that parental control isn't effective, just that we often only get to control a sample of what our children are doing. That means that you can see warning signs even if you don't see the actual problem.


There are many topics on parental controls at Geekzone which would be worth reading:


Web content filtering - it works best at the ISP (e.g. Orcon/Slingshot) otherwise at the router:


List of ISPs using DIA Child Exploitation filtering - unsure if it is up to date:


Scheduling access - it works best at the router


BYOD (bring your own device) at school:

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  # 2230136 3-May-2019 13:44
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This is a DNS based soultion, works pretty well.

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