A web filter is a program that decides whether a website should be allowed through your internet connection based on the rules that have been set up by the account holder.
A web filter allows the account user to select categories they wish to be blocked when using their internet connection. Normally, a web filtering program will allow you to specifically list websites that you would like to block or websites that you are happy to allow even though it falls into a general category you have requested to be blocked. For Example: If you select the category ‘Social Media’ to be blocked, you may list a specific website such as www.facebook.com to be allowed.
Most web filtering programs have a list of categories that you can look through and select to block. Popular categories to block with children in the home would be:
It is important to remember that web filtering is a tool to assist parents with moderating what their families view online. They are not 100% fool-proof and adult supervision is always recommended.
There are a number of free but effective Web Filtering programs available. They do not require you to install software directly onto your computer. I personally use and recommend the free OpenDNS* program. They also offer a paid version called Family Shield.
Some other web filtering programs that are worth looking at are:
Setting up tools to limit the dangers to our kids on the internet can be daunting. Contact us if you would like further information or to organise a consultation.
*This is my personal recommendation and I have not been paid to advertise this product.