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Parental controls on tablets


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I've seen a number of threads about buying tablets with wireless internet for children this Christmas. Please be aware that tablets don't come with built-in parental controls or content filtering (though you can disable Safari in iOS). A simple and free solution is to change your router's DNS setting to use OpenDNS servers which filter websites for adult content - it is free and simple to setup - instructions here:


Essentially any internet request is checked against a list of unsuitable websites and the page is blocked if necessary - this requires no configuration of your internet devices as it is all performed through your existing router.


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Is that configurable at the IP address level? Doesn't sound like it, sounds like a blanket filter which would be a bit of a pain in the ass really


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It is a blanket filter but can be configured. You can also change the DNS settings for any PC or laptop to use your regular ISP DNS or Google DNS ( and which bypasses the restriction. The purpose of changing the router DNS is to restrict access on children's devices.

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