The Internet is like the Wild West when it comes to information, images, videos, and all other kinds of content—there are very few rules.
While this fosters a great deal of education and connectivity, it can also mean that your children are able to access content that’s not suitable for their age, which is why parental controls exist.
Different Levels of Control
Maybe you’re less concerned with what your child might see online than with how long they spend on electronic devices; maybe you simply don’t want them getting on one particular site. Whatever the level of control you’re looking for, parental controls are highly customizable and can fit your needs.
If you’ve been meaning to set up parental controls but haven’t been sure how to go about it, don’t worry—it’s not as complicated as it seems.
Setting Your Boundaries
The modern household has many, many different devices within the reach of children. The most obvious way to set parental controls is by addressing them on each device individually. Remember to set these controls on your phones, gaming consoles, television, and browsers. For the most part, a quick glance around your settings should reveal built-in parental control options.
If you’d rather cut the problem off at the start, you can set up parental controls to filter to every device on your network. The easiest way to do this is by using Open DNS and setting up controls to filter directly through your router. That way, any device connected to your router will experience these controls.
You don’t need to worry every time your child picks up their tablet or gets on YouTube, you can control the situation from a distance and rest a little easier.