Greg Helledy on 26 Feb 2015 12:28:58 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Child Proofing my Home Network

On 2/26/2015 2:50 PM, wrote:

Is there a mechanism to restrict wifi to just your router? What
happens if she visits a friend's house, and uses their wifi? There
won't be any filtering then, correct?

No, there is not. Any other wifi she can get access to, I have no control over. I'm ok with that in my case because:

1.  It's only sporadic, not all day and night.

2. I do want her to have a sense that she can be part of her generation. Her friends seem to all have (unfiltered) cellular data so for her to have nothing when she leaves home would make her a total "odd duck". This is a compromise.

3. As hard as it is for me to deal with on one level, I have to understand that at 14 she's ready to begin being exposed to non-family-friendly content. I was 14 once and remember it. (I do wish there were some way to separate titillating nudity, of the type I saw in certain magazines when I was ~14, from some of the seriously-disturbing content that's on the internet now).

The question of what age to give a child a wifi-capable device (which could access unfiltered internet if taken elsewhere) is tricky. If you can keep the device in safe locations, I think 8 is fine. If your family situation is such that you're not sure, older would be better.

A special case would be where you live next to / above a business that has open wifi, or neighbors who believe in sharing. Not sure what to do there.

Greg Helledy
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