I was asked by some friends of ours to look into options for parental controls. There are lots of options out there but I settled on two:
- OpenDNS – controls the servers that your computers, tablets, and phones in your house connect to in order to filter out inappropriate content for kids. It also helps with malware and other destructive things on the internet. It’s free to use and takes about 10 minutes to configure on your wireless router. For $19.95 a year, you can “white list” addresses which is useful if a site you frequent gets blocked and is legitimate. Also, you can see if someone in your household keeps trying to go to sites they shouldn’t.
- Circle with Disney – controls not only the content but also can control time spent and bedtime for each device in your home individually. They also have a “Circle Go” service that can extend these capabilities outside the home. It is $99 and can be purchased at Amazon, Disneystore.com, Target, and Best Buy. The “Circle Go” service is $9.95 per month. While this sounds expensive, it may be worth it if you travel a lot.