Parental
Controls

(that actually work)

First Things First

Let's go over a few basics on Parental controls before we get into specifics on how to set them up and what software to use.

First, there are basically two types of parental controls available today across every device: Content Filtering/Restriction and Content Monitoring/Reporting.

Content Filtering/Restriction stops or blocks certain types of content from being viewed.  Think of this a bouncer at a nightclub.  If you're on the list (kids programming, rating up to Teen, etc.) you get in the door.  If you're not on the list (mature content, a TV show rated Mature, etc.) you don't get inside.

Content Monitoring/Reporting 

I want to help you with this.

There are absolutely some great options available for your family to prevent adult content from popping up on your kids' screens; however, nothing is 100% foolproof.  In this article, I'll share what I've found to be the best and easiest tools available today for protecting your kids' devices; however, none of them are a replacement for you.

The best parental control available is the same now as it was 50 years ago: an involved Mom and Dad.

No solution I will recommend here is a replacement for talking to your kids about what they're looking at and why that matters.   

The internet is AMAZING.  We can ask Siri or Google questions and get answers in a few seconds that would have taken a trip to the library to answer just a few years ago. This means our kids will have the ability to learn in ways that we can't even comprehend yet and that is a good thing.

The bad news is that the internet doesn't discriminate between good and bad information.  It just answers questions and provides information and unless you put guardrails in place, it will 

 

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