Block unsafe content on kids devices
- Porn Block
- Safe Search
- Family Protect: this filters both violent content and porn based on the domain name. Use this together with Porn Block for broader coverage.
- Social Hour - temporarily blocks social networking for one hour.
Set up scheduled access for different online activities
In a recent article published in the New York Times, former astronaut Scott Kelly shared his tips about living in isolation (in his case a year in the international space station). The number one advice is to follow a daily schedule. With kids spending large amounts of time online doing school work as well as socializing with friends etc, it is important to establish a schedule, and use Firewalla to help enforce it. See below for a sample schedule and corresponding rules configuration in Firewalla. Click here to learn more about parental control features.
Visibility: Monitor network activities
The "Network Flow" feature under the device view provides powerful visibility into traffic activities in near real-time. While suspicious activities such as abnormal upload would trigger an alarm, periodically checking on network activities gives you deeper insights. The different tabs under Network Flow give you both aggregated and deep-dive views into site access and app usage on your kid's device.
Ok. Over the last 5 years or so, I’ve purchased/tried 5 or 6 different routers in the search for better parental controls. Everything I’ve tried has pretty much sucked. They are either way to difficult to setup/admin, way to limited in what they can do, or way to rigid in how they do things.
So far, I‘ve been very happy with Firewalla for this purpose and highly encourage you to keep providing examples like this.
It may also be worthwhile setting up an area in the user forums for people to post their own examples of rules that they have developed
@Arlo, see this https://help.firewalla.com/hc/en-us/community/topics/360001469853-For-Parents-and-People-Management
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