Here are some resources to protecting your family.
1. Filter before the internet even gets to your home.
Today’s families have an array of Internet-connected devices in their homes, from computers to gaming consoles to smart phones. OpenDNS (click here for website) is the only Internet parental controls solution that empowers parents to manage Web access across every device that accesses the Internet on your home network. This includes phones and computers that your kids’ friends bring into the house, giving parents peace-of-mind that their kids are protected regardless of how they’re accessing the Internet.
2. Filter at your router.
Pandora’s Hope (click here to go to website) is a network router that blocks pornography. It works with virtually all Internet Service Providers and Cable/DSL modems.
Pandora’s Hope uses standard networking protocols. That means that any Laptop or Desktop computer that uses standard protocols will be filtered as long as they are connected to the Internet through the Pandora’s Hope Router.
Mobile devices are effectively filtered by Pandora’s Hope when they are connected to it. A large variety of wireless devices have been used with Pandora’s Hope. It is important to realize that many devices can access the Internet directly though cellular providers. These devices will only be filtered if they are connected to the Pandora’s Hope wireless network.
3. Filter at your computer.
K9 Web Protection is a free Internet filter and parental control software for your home Windows or Mac computer. K9 puts YOU in control of the Internet so you can protect your kids.
4. Filter at your browser.
Google SafeSearch (click here for link) is designed to screen sites that contain sexually explicit content and remove them from your search results. While no filter is 100% accurate, SafeSearch helps you avoid content you may prefer not to see or would rather your children did not stumble across.
If you’re worried about others changing SafeSearch settings without your knowledge, you can protect it with a password using SafeSearch Lock. Once locked, the Google search results page will be visibly different to indicate that SafeSearch is locked.
Even from across the room, the colored balls give parents and teachers a clear visual cue that SafeSearch is still locked. And if you don’t see them, it’s quick and easy to verify and re-lock SafeSearch. (see above)