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

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, Router Filtering

These instructions are for advanced router settings for people who are using OpenDNS parental controls and want to prevent the user by passing the DNS settings on the router.  These steps assume that the router has already been working and basic OpenDNS setup has already been done.  For more information about OpenDNS see these posts: Whole Home Network Filtering with […] Read more

Filed in : Parental Controls, Router Filtering

Many users of this website are parents seeking more information about parental controls.  The information provided in this post is pretty technical.  Do not be overwhelmed if you are not a power computer user.  The most important thing to understand here is that it is possible to set up additional controls on your router to prevent users from going around […] Read more

Filed in : Parental Controls, Router Filtering

CleanBrowsing was started by parents in the technology industry who appreciated what OpenDNS was doing for families but saw the need for some additional features. This quote from their website perfectly describes the problems with so many of the filtering solutions offered: “This project was started by a group of engineers and security professionals, that were also concerned parents unable to […] Read more

Filed in : Apple, Filtering, Parental Controls, Pornography Concerns, Router Filtering

What about the kids who use their products? Apple iOS offers basic and lackluster options for filtering access to undesirable websites so they are only really useful for very young children. A report last year from Research Methodology highlights a plethora of programs that Apple has implemented for Social Responsibility. The list adds up to multiple billions of dollars for […] Read more

Filed in : Parental Controls, Products, Router Filtering, Safe Browsers

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.  However, some of the best ways to protect your family devices are free. I always recommend a layered approach to protection and these free options also happen to be […] Read more

Filed in : Discounts, Parental Controls, Products

October 2018: The post below was from June of 2016. Mobicip has recently produced a more comprehensive parental control product which I am in the process of evaluating and I will update the SCP Mobicip information accordingly. For the most current information on their product you will want to visit www.mobicip.com.  As you can imagine, my kids have put up with […] Read more

Filed in : Parental Controls, Router Filtering

I have always recommended DNS control at the router as a first layer of parental control protection in the home. See previous post about Home Network Filtering. DNS control is also good for individual devices when they are away from your home network. You can set the DNS servers for each individual network that the device uses, but then you […] Read more

Filed in : Filtering, Parental Controls, Products, Router Filtering

Sensible Cyber Parenting always recommends starting home online protection with the router as the best practice, first-line defense. (see Router-based parental controls post and our Getting Started page) Sadly, however it is impossible to use OpenDNS (or other router-based parental controls) if you have AT&T U-verse without adding an additional router which involves putting the U-verse router into “bridge mode”. With the […] Read more

Filed in : Parental Controls, Products, Router Filtering

The router is the part of the home network that all other devices go through to connect to the internet.  Typically it is connected to either a cable modem or DSL modem connected to your internet service provider.  In most homes today the routers provide wired and wireless connectivity.  So any device that has to use that router to get […] Read more