I answered a question for one of our teachers today at school and emailed this to our entire staff in case it’s of interest. Here’s a slightly modified version of what I shared via email:
With more wifi devices than ever and kids getting online (sometimes) in their bedrooms and not just in “the family room” on “the family computer,” it’s a good idea to put at least a basic layer of web filtering in place for protection to block pornography at home. Our family has used OpenDNS for the past 5 or so years, first as a free service (which works great) and now for $20 per year so we can see stats/reports on access. You configure your home Internet router (in the same way you can change the name of your wifi network or change your password) to set this up. More info is on:
I have some older posts about this if you want to read more:
- Home Internet Content filtering needs: Solved with OpenDNS (January 2008)
- The Value of OpenDNS (free) content filtering at home (March 2008)
- Configuring FREE Home Content Filtering with OpenDNS (June 2011)
There are NO guarantees when it comes to Internet content filtering at school or home, but it can be good to have something in place… and free is always a good price. I first learned about OpenDNS at the Apple Store, because they were using it (at the time) to block Facebook.
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