For all the good it brings, the internet can be a disgusting, distracting place (to say the least). Between gaming, social media, porn sites and other online destinations and activities, your kids can get into a lot of trouble: not getting school work done, developing bad habits, ignoring family members at the dinner table (and elsewhere)… the list goes on. Fortunately, the internet doesn’t have to be like the wild wild west in your home. There are some really great solutions popping up that can help parents keep their kids safe online — easily and affordably.
When you’re looking for the best home internet filter, there are some key features to keep in mind. Do you want to be able to set time limits for the internet generally or for individual family members? Do you want to be able to block or limit specific apps such as Facebook, Minecraft, YouTube, messaging apps and more? It’s a good idea to have a mental picture or bullet point list in mind before proceeding to make sure you buy a device/filter with the right features for your family.
In doing research for this article, I saw in review after review that parents were able to significantly cut down on household tension by using an internet filter to limit connected time. Arguments about getting off devices seem to drop significantly when family-friendly routers are used. Why? Because access is just limited automatically; parents don’t have to get involved in the fray.
So which one looks like the best bet for your family? Leave me a comment and let me know!
Circle with Disney
Circle with Disney is probably the most polished and comprehensive home internet filter available. It’s a sleek-looking little device (which isn’t circular at all, actually) that has a lot to offer. You can set time limits (even for specific apps like Facebook or YouTube), block and filter content and even pause the internet — and each of these features can be tailored for each member of the family. You can even analyze the content accessed by each family member to discover trends. Everything about Circle with Disney is meant to be easy-to-use and “just work.” And setup should be a breeze — even for non-techie parents. Perhaps the best part feature is that even if your kids unplug the Circle, it will stay connected to the internet thanks to the built ...