Noobie with a Blue Plus - Home School advice

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    Firewalla

    It is fairly difficult to control traffic by doing block and then allow.  This is because the internet is distributed and it is very hard to control services to work since they may talk to different places.  (With firewalla, the mechanism is there, this is how you do it https://help.firewalla.com/hc/en-us/articles/360008521833-Manage-Rules. look for "block"+"allow" rules)

    As of kids control, see this https://help.firewalla.com/hc/en-us/articles/360008214094-Activity-and-Parental-Control

    In general

    • safe search on kids device
    • family mode on kids devices
    • devices->[kids device]->[porn block]

    If all activated, it should be pretty tight control.

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    parsoli

    My kids use Google Classroom features.  Found one of them was spending tons of time on Minecraft online from his chromebook.  Took some work, but I was able to narrow down the hostnames he was connecting to and put a rule in place to block this.  Didn't do time of day.  But when I want to allow him to go to those places (aka after school), I put his device into emergency mode.  Prob not the best way, but it works.

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    Lance Sexton

    I have had to implement a white list type of system i.e. internet access is all blocked - but enable rules allow the particular IPs / domains allowed. My kid managed to do some terrible things with the recommended firewall settings of:  

    • safe search on kids device
    • family mode on kids devices
    • devices->[kids device]->[porn block]

    It is a total pain having to gather all the domains and addresses involved with a single website - but that is what I have to do. I spent hours unblocking the home school and associated video servers and copyright authentication sites etc. 

    A handy feature would be to log all activity for say 2 mins and then automatically gather that info into a list and enable that as a rule.  That way I could start the 'record' mode and then when I finish the activity - say I go to soundcloud.com and play a song - hopefully all the associated domains / IPs are put in a list - so I can control the say 'soundcloud' list with a rule.  This would literally save hours of time for people who need the white list approach...

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