Say you’ve put the parental controls on the home computer and you keep your kid from using your smart phone but have you forgotten about the Wii, the PS3 and the iPod touch? How do you keep your kids from accessing pornography, drugs and the like?
The answer is to start at where your Internet access comes from in your home, the router and with a little help from a wonderful organization called OpenDNS. Once you switch, you’ll wonder why you went so long without it.
Let me tell you, it has been a huge benefit in my home. It became quite apparent when other tweens started showing up with their iPods and laptops wanting to get on my network that I was going to have to control things at the source.
To understand what OpenDNS can do for your family, you need to get a bit into the weeds of technical jargon. Don’t worry, it’ll be painless and you’ll gain a little knowledge too. Instead of me reinventing the wheel, I am going to reference some Web sites with far better details than I could explain. The first is technology columnist David Pogue of The New York Times. Pogue has an amazing way of sifting through all the technology to find what makes the most sense for the average user. I follow his column regularly. The particular column I’m referring to is his column “Simplifying the Lives of Web Users”. Sounds like the Holy Grail, right?
Now to set it up at your home will require a small bit of technical savvy. This is where the How-To Geek site helps. This is another site I frequently visit for tips and tricks. There are two articles from this site to assist you. The first article entitled “Easily Add OpenDNS to Your Router” gives you the basics for setting up the service. The second article digs deeper into using OpenDNS as parental control entitled “Protect Your Kids Online Using Open DNS”
With a little bit of time, everyone in your house including visitors will be protected from phishing attacks, malware and anything else you see fit. Good luck.
p.s. I often go in and block YouTube just because my kid is on it all the time.