parental controls

How can I lock down my daughter's iPhone?

OurPact block internet and apps

Episode 1482

Scott from Maine

Scott got his daughter an iPhone 7 and he wants to know the best way to lock it down to protect her online activity. Leo says that there are parental controls built into the iPhone, but there are apps that really take it to a new level. He can block apps and features as well. He can even white list numbers that would allow calls while disallowing others. He should also look at what restrictions the carrier offers. There are kid friendly browsers. iBlacklist will filter calls and SMS.

How can I protect my kids online?

Google Family Link

Episode 1432

Ron from Mountain View, CA

Ron got his granddaughter a Google Tablet and his parents want him to set it up with parental controls. Leo says that there's built-in settings for Google Play. He could also restrict it at the router level using OpenDNS and the router's own settings. This won't help when the phone is taken outside of the home network, however, so here are some options that can run on the phone itself:

Why doesn't OpenDNS work for me?

Episode 1291

Pedro from Bronx, NY

Pedro created an account at OpenDNS but it isn't working for him. Leo says that OpenDNS can protect kids with a custom "phone book" that has a list of approved domain names in it. OpenDNS can then filter out the undesired addresses that he wouldn't want. If he inputs the router server settings of OpenDNS properly, it'll filter the traffic correctly. But if his kids have figured out how to change the settings in the computer, it can override that, unless he's made the settings in the router itself.

How can I lock down my internet with parental controls?

Apple Airport Extreme

Episode 1167

Jennifer from Manhattan Beach, CA

Jennifer wants to be able to control all her kids' devices at the router level so they can't work around it or stay up all night. She's also concerned the Verizon FiOS router could stop working. Leo says it may be a good idea to get an additional router for wireless applications and turn off wireless capability in the Verizon router, and just keep it wired. She should use the Apple Airport Extreme. Then she can work with the settings in the Airport under the Access Control List.

How can I control internet access for my kids?

Episode 1159

Don from Cypress, CA

Don wants to be able to cut off access to the internet with a touch of a button. Leo says that some routers allow him to do this by MAC address (called an "access control list"). They can set the internet to go off at certain times. He can also go to OpenDNS.com and use their DNS system to filter out unwanted websites. This will work for smartphones as well.

How can I monitor my daughter's web use?

OpenDNS

Episode 1076

Esther from Santa Clarita, CA

Esther would like to monitor her teenagers' activity online. Leo says that parents should have every tool they can, but one thing she can do is change her DNS settings to use OpenDNS.com. That's the "phone book" that routes web traffic to the appropriate addresses. OpenDNS has great parental filters and blocks, and a lot of schools and business use it.

Use OpenDNS Parental Controls to Protect Your Kids Online

You may have seen programs that are meant to block websites and protect your kids online, but these can cost a lot of money and aren't the most effective solutions. For instance, if that software is just on the home PC, kids could use a different device to still access undesirable websites. Kids are also very good at finding ways to bypass this software altogether. There is a free and more effective way to do this, though, and that's through the DNS.

How can I limit my kid's internet exposure?

Episode 1030

Max from Palos Verdes, CA

Max has teenage girls and they live on the Internet. What can he do to limit their use? Leo says that most routers can limit time. Apple's Airport can limit time and even restrict specific computers (look in the advanced settings and filter by MAC address). He should also lock down his router with password protection. He can also use OpenDNS to limit where they can go.

Is there a way for me to set a time restriction for my kids on the iPad?

Apple iPad

Episode 985

Kevin from Lake Elsinore, CA

Kevin would like to have a time limit for his kids on the iPad. Leo says that there's no way to set a time limit on the actual iPad, but he can enable parental controls to limit his kid's activity. He could also set up a time limit restriction through his router. It also has access controls. He can find the MAC addresses and block them. He should look in the router under 'access control lists' and he can block machines by times, in addition to blocking content. Another good way to do this is by using OpenDNS.com.