Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/177469/what-parents-need-to-know-about-web-filtering-and-parental-controls/
It’s easy to set up parental controls and filter the web. These features are built into everything from Windows to the iPad. But none of these filtering solutions is perfect.
They could boot off a Linux live CD to bypass filtering built into Windows.
LOL, did this once. My mom put a password in Windows XP, because she thought I was “spending too much time on the internet.” She didn't know about the Ubuntu disc in the drawer.
If your router supports the feature, putting the OpenDNS servers into the DNS server settings on the router can be better than changing the DNS settings on the PC. This should help filter for other wireless devices, like tablets.
If I'm not wrong, PC-level DNS settings override router-level ones. So we can still set our DNS to 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 and get access to the whole WWW.
Absolutely correct this is necessary for small kids, however the older savvy-er ones will find ways around it. There's no point, really because they can simply take the devices to any wi-fi enabled coffee shop/library/friends house.
It comes down to active parenting. Parents need to be involved with their kids, and actively TALKING to them about online content. You cannot simply rely on your kids to "do the right thing". They need to be taught what the right thing is.
I found an answer to this on an OpenDNS forum.... "if you blocked port 53 traffic passthrough [on your router], the end device would produce errors if someone configured it with an alternative DNS service, different from your router (as DNS server / forwarder). There would not be DNS at all which looks like no internet at all, because domain names cannot be resolved any longer." Hope that helps.
Whoa, nice. Now I'll just learn the IP for a pinging site and get all the IPs I need to browse the web there.
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