Keep Kids Safe Online: The OpenDNS Alternative
Posted 23 May 2009 - 05:33 AM
Posted 29 May 2009 - 02:29 AM
Putting the PC in the most heavily trafficed room of the house helps. However, kids shift onto laptops and handhelds early on in many homes and that redners this tool moot.
OpenDNS is awash in holes, there are many ways to work around it - at least in part.
* Use Google Image Search and enter just about any porn phrase and hndreds of thmubnail images appear. Not full screen but when you're a 15 year old boy...
* Go to Flickr and search for ""teen sex," "college sex," "bare breasts" or "oral sex" and there will be plenty of results
* YouTube has thousands of clips depicting what would once have been called "lewd and lascivious behavior" and would not be welcome in most homes. There is a "report objectionable material" tool in You Tube but it doesn't seem to get used much based on what I have found there
* Search long and hard and you'll find a site OpenDNS has not yet blocked - be sure to report it
* OpenDNS does not block many of the FanFiction and other "literary" sites that are loaded with writings that are pornographic, depict horrible violence against women, depict rape, etc.
Having offered the above as constructive criticism to OpenDNS I find them responsive and working hard to make it work better and better. They are one small outfit, the "bad guys" are legion.
I strongly recommend OpenDNS as one weapon in the campaign to protect our kids - and even ourselves. I also recomm,end reporting sites to them and helping in this task.
Posted 10 August 2011 - 11:05 PM
This is so with newer BT HomeHubs, and Sky goes further with not even allowing you to substitute your own router which you could redirect. There is a workaround: http://kitecomputer....ter-workaround/ though it needs an additional access point on your network.