When it comes to online safety there’s not a “one size fits all” solution.
The best way to keep your children safe online is by using a combination of the following:
• Device based controls
• DNS based controls
• Good online awareness
Device based controls
Both android and iOS offer parental controls which allow parents to see what their children are doing on the device, set time limits for device usage and restrict access to different apps.
These controls will work independent of how the device is connected to the internet so will work both in and out of the home.
For iOS only (Apple)
For iOS and Android:
You can also find more details of device controls on InternetMatters.org
DNS based controls
These are controls which can filter content and can protect you from malicious websites. They apply equally to any device connected to your wi-fi network.
These filters are limited in that they only work when devices are connected to the wi-fi, so offer no protection when devices are connected through other networks or outside the home.
They also can be bypassed by the use of a virtual private network (VPN) and they don’t apply to purchases or content within apps, such as Netflix or app stores.
There are a number of free DNS services, a couple which we would recommend are CleanBrowsing and OpenDNS.
Click here to follow our guide to set this up on your router here
Good online awareness
No solution will be 100% effective, so it’s important that both parents and children are aware of risks online so that they know what to do to stay safe.
You can find more information for both parents and children by clicking here