(This represents a commonly asked question on this forum topic. Yakov Horowitz)
Dear Mr. Forer:
Can you please suggest an effective filter for my daughter’s smartphone? She is 11 years old and is far more knowledgeable about tech issues than I am!
There are a number of wonderful filters out there. Many of them provide parents with a number of controls, allowing them to limit or allow as they see fit. Importantly, please ensure that you’ve checked the appropriate boxes to disallow social media, blogs, and unreliable or unrecognized sites.
In addition, please separately set up parental controls on your computer or various sites. For example, you can set up parental controls on Google, limiting search results. See: https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/1075738?hl=en
For Windows 10 machines: https://account.microsoft.com/account/ManageMyAccount?ranMID=24542&ranEAID=TnL5HPStwNw&ranSiteID=TnL5HPStwNw-3TB3UlDgrVES2UdgH1Nx6Q&tduid=%28967809263754d806f8af9bca462e2030%29%28256380%29%282459594%29%28TnL5HPStwNw-3TB3UlDgrVES2UdgH1Nx6Q%29%28%29&destrt=FamilyLandingPage
For Mac: MacOS touts more than a few options when it comes to parental controls, each of which is accessible via the Parental Controls pane housed within the main System Preferences panel.
Highly recommended filters, in no particular order:
Additional advice: Please see teensafe.com and ourpact.com for tools to assist in online monitoring of your children’s activities.
K9 web filter (though, google “how to get around k9” and do occasional checks to see if your kids also googled that)
Ever Accountable. Not a filter, but reports all activity to a 3rd party
It’s a good idea to Google “How to get round ___________(insert name here) filter” for any software you use; and do occasional checks.
Just came up across another filtering system: cleanrouter.com
You buy their router and the router filters all Internet traffic.
They sound pretty solid; we’re considering them.