Internet Safety

Students in Grand Blanc use internet-connected devices at school and home. The internet at school is filtered from inappropriate websites, and your student’s school-provided device is filtered, too. But what if you want to block other sites so your student focuses more on learning? What if you want to monitor usage? What if you want to turn the internet off at bedtime so your student doesn’t sneak on their device late at night?

Randy Alcorn, a writer, once told a mother, “I was once a seventh grade boy. I’ll tell you right now, you think you’re honoring your son by trusting him, but you are setting him up for a fall. You could hand him a gun, and his life might turn out better than if you just hand him over to the Internet.”

The internet is like any powerful and useful tool: it can do much good, and it can do much harm.
To help your student make good choices with the internet, consider using one of the tools below:
  1. Circle by Disney is my top recommendation. For around $100, you can purchase an easy to use and install device that connects to your wifi router. You can monitor, block, and turn off any device connected to your internet. Here’s a review from a parent that has set it up and used it.
  2. Another similar device is KoalaSafe. Here is a comparison of Circle and Koala.
  3. A third option for tech-savvy parents is called OpenDNS. There are free and for-fee versions. This service is something that is set up on your internet router, so there is nothing new to buy. It will allow you to block inappropriate website or other sites that you want to block. It doesn’t monitor usage or turn off the internet like the others above.

You wouldn’t let your student ride in a car without safety mechanisms in place; the internet should be treated with the same respect. Investing a little time and money in one of the tools above will prevent many problems from happening in your home.

Let me know if I can help.

This page last updated November 29, 2017 @ 5:31 pm.