Is internet access filtered at home?
On campus, we have filtering in place to prevent access to unwanted areas of the internet. However, this does not extend to home use, even when logged in using a Bulldog Account (searching through Google is limited to safe results with a Bulldog Account).
We don’t endorse any particular service, but there are several options for personal use. The old approach was to filter each device. Now, the best solutions offer filtering for multiple devices that can be controlled from one portal. Net Nanny is a longstanding, very popular choice. There are some emerging options like Mobicip. Some apps extend their function to limiting screen-time and building responsible online behavior like Unglued. One of our favorite websites, Common Sense Media, writes about the issues parent’s may face and has more suggestions here.
Another approach to problem is by filtering the home wi-fi network (though this won’t help when kids are away from home or are using cellular service). A popular option among these is a free solution called OpenDNS. While somewhat technical, they do a good job of walking users through the setup. It can filter the internet at various levels, including at the router level, which means all devices in the home will be filtered. There are guides for most all brands and devices. Another good option is a Netgear router. They feature Parental Controls, an intuitive and highly customizable interface that allows parents to control the content of the internet throughout the home. Circle is a small hardware device that filters all devices on the network. It was made in partnership with Disney to filter content, limit screen time and set a bedtime for every device in the home.