Filed in : Android, Apple, Filtering, OpenDNS, Parental Controls

OpenDNS should be the first-line of defense for a protected home network. There are many posts already on the SCP website about the benefits and use of OpenDNS.  I generally recommend using OpenDNS Home, which gives parents the ability to customize the levels or categories of filtering controls. There are times when that kind of customization is not necessary and […] Read More

Filed in : Parental Controls, Parenting in the Digital World, Pornography Concerns, Uncategorized

In a recent article at Amplify, Alon Schwartz (CEO and co-founder of UnGlue) claims that the concept of parental controls is “the biggest parenting mistake in modern history”. As a big proponent of parental control products, I have to take serious issue with his claim. The point he is trying to make is that parental controls do not allow the […] Read More

Filed in : Device Monitoring, Parental Controls, Products

If you are looking for a product to easily manage your kids access to apps and screen-time, then OurPact might be a good option for your family. While it does allow parents to control access to the internet, parents need to know that it does NOT do any internet content filtering. Parents can completely disable access to the internet and […] Read More

Filed in : Filtering, Parental Controls, Uncategorized

The amount of products that connect families to the internet continues to increase. Luckily for families, the parental control options that come with those products are increasing and improving. Demand drives the manufacturers and developers to add these features so that means that parents are making their preferences known and that is good thing. Parents shouldn’t hesitate to contact companies […] Read More

Filed in : Apple, Parental Controls, Parenting in the Digital World

I had not yet included a post about Guided Access, but the great people at Protect Young Minds did today, so I want to feature it. Apple has continued to make progress with providing parents and schools with tools to make iPhone and iPad use safer for kids, and Guided Access is an example of one of those features. The […] Read More

Filed in : Filtering, Parental Controls, Parenting in the Digital World, Pornography Concerns

I read an article yesterday that gave the opinions of several mom bloggers on parental controls. It was obvious that many of them didn’t really think they were necessary or considered parental controls to be more for spying on their children or alerting to cyber bullying etc. The harmful and addictive nature of pornography should make it the number one […] Read More

Filed in : Parental Controls

My goal with SCP is protecting kids’ devices from exposure to porn etc. but in the battle against pornography, it is also critically important to protect their minds so they have the proper response when they are faced with it. I would like to say IF, but sadly, technology being how it is, when is more likely. The evidence (Fight The […] Read More

Filed in : Parental Controls

Since its Thursday release, Pokemon go has taken the world, and its inhabitants of all ages, by storm. This new sensation has boosted Nintendo’s market value by over $9 billion so far and led to some unbelievable news stories from CNN along the way. The smart phone app successfully promotes outdoor activity in a way that gaming never has before. In some […] Read More

Filed in : OpenDNS, Parental Controls, Products, Safe Browsers

The products for parental controls and protection keep improving. There are more products with better features today than ever before which is very good news for families. Parents need to understand that when we put technology into our kids’ hands we also need to accept responsibility for protecting them and that there might be costs associated with that. But, I […] Read More

Filed in : Apple, Apps, Parental Controls

When it comes to parental controls, I generally recommend that parents take advantage of the parental control features that come with a device and then add additional controls as needed (as long as the two together are not in conflict with each other). Manufacturers of mobile devices have continued to improve the features and options that can help you protect […] Read More