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3 Ways to Limit Screen Time and Keep Your Kids and Teenagers Safe Online

Coastal Computer - Thursday, February 18, 2016

Children and teenagers are spending more and more time online and in front of screens and devices. In this article, we’ll look at ways you can keep your kids, including teenagers, safe online by blocking certain sites and limiting screen time.

In a recent post, we looked at some of the best free apps for children aged 5-8 years old. The three methods we review in this post can be used to keep children of any age safe, and can also help you control screen time and access to certain sites to make sure homework gets done on a school night! Let’s have a look.


OpenDNS is a powerful solution that works to protect your entire home network. This is great when your kids have multiple devices or a game console that they use to go online. OpenDNS protects and monitors the online activity on your home network. You can also install this at your office to make sure employees aren’t accessing websites they aren’t supposed to. The best thing for parents, it’s free! OpenDNS offers a free home version and a free pre-configured version that blocks all known porn sites and updates its list every 24 hours to block new sites.

Net Nanny

Some of the companies that offer services for monitoring Internet activity and computer use also sell business versions of their product. Net Nanny is specifically made for keeping your kids safe online and they’ve kept up with the changing nature of the Internet, offering specific controls for social networks.

Cyber Patrol

Cyber Patrol Parental Controls offer a software package you can install on up to 3 computers. Like Net Nanny, Cyber Patrol monitors Internet access and allows you to set limits on your children’s ‘screen time’ to be sure they don’t spend too much time online, or at certain websites.

In case you need help setting the software up, contact us. We’re here to support our clients in keeping their children safe.