How to filter online access for small kids

Recently I made an article talking about what would be the right time to stop filtering online access for your kids at home. A lot of people have contacted me asking how exactly it is that I’m doing it, or should I say how I was doing it, since I no longer filter online access now that my kids are older. Well the way that I do it is by adding special DNS servers to their computer, DNS servers that block adult only sites, known hacking sites, sites that promote gambling, drug use, etc.

How to filter online access for small kids

Application that I used is called DNS Angel, and it can be found over at Sordum.org. The way that it works is by setting special DNS servers on the computer. A DNS server is the main computer that is basically responsible for telling your computer where all the other websites on the web are.

Most people use DNS servers from their internet service provider, like Time Warner. What DNS Angel allows you to do is change the default DNS server on the computer to DNS servers maintained by companies like Norton, OpenDNS and Yandex. Norton is a security minded company, famous for their antivirus software. Their DNS server is specially maintained to block known malicious attack websites, adult content, weapons, drugs, gambling etc. Other DNS servers offer similar features. That way kids stay protected until you let them free roam on the internet, when they get older. That’s my secret, there you have it.