I found a neat product that claims to provide the same content-screening services that big companies that want to block the nasty side of the internet use, for home use. The router costs $40 and the annual service costs about $60. It’s called the Phantom iBoss Home.
There are also software-only solutions, ranging from free to maybe $100. I have tried a lot of software solutions and all of them have been a pain, and haven’t worked well, so I’m thinking a hardware+service solution (iBoss) might be good. Apparently Linksys also used to sell a Parental Controls router in 2004, but that service was discontinued.
I use all Macs at home, except for one PC laptop. A router would secure my whole home. I have two pre-teen kids, and the oldest will soon be a teen. I want logging, alerts, and blocking, and plan even to be accountable and subject to the exact same rules and limitations myself, so that I won’t be able to bypass whatever system we put in place.
Has anyone ever considered this as an area of need for active apostolate in the life of the catholics families around you, and your own? I think it is. Pornography and other debauchery on the internet is destructive to marriages, families, and the lives of all, young and old. The internet is a valulable resource if used properly, but it’s also a torrent of filth. Self-control is enough, for us adults, in many cases. But sometimes, us so-called grownups are actually really very pathetic at guarding ourselves from this stuff. So, what works, and what doesn’t work, and what can people recommend?
P.S. Apparently C R A P is a four-letter word, to whoever designed these forums. What’s up with that?