Parental control is one of the most important and most useful tools that FRITZ! Box routers incorporate, since it will help us protect, in a simple and effective way, to the smallest of the house.
As its name suggests, parental control is a tool that allows us to introduce specific limitations that will affect, in a specific way, to the use that our children make of the Internet connection. Thus, for example, we can limit not only the time they spend connected, but also set a time slot and establish barriers that prevent them from accessing certain content, and certain web pages.
AVM has implemented parental control in a full way, but at the same time it has been able to adopt an interface simple and intuitive, which means that we can use it effortlessly, even if we do not have advanced computer knowledge, since we can access it through the router interface, and the entire configuration process is visual and very easy to interpret. However, if you have doubts, you can always continue this AVM tutorial.
Recommendations for taking advantage of parental control on your FRITZ! Box router
Using parental control with a FRITZ! Box router is very easy, but if you want to make the most of it it is important that you follow these to the letter three tips, as they will help you increase its effectiveness.
- Create web page filters: This is the simplest and most effective way to prevent our children from accessing inappropriate content. Let’s be honest, we cannot always be aware of what our children do, much less continuously monitor the places they visit on the Internet. Creating a blacklist will help us to veto certain web pages. In case we want to allow access to only a few specific sites, the ideal is to use white lists, where we will only introduce those that can be visited. The rest will be blocked.
- Protects access to the FRITZ! Box: to prevent your children from being able to enter the router and change the settings of the parental control system, it is important that you use a username and password that they do not know, and that you do not leave it in any visible place. In this case, you must establish access with a single password.
- Make sure you set the appropriate limitations: and I refer both to the hours of use and to the stipulated time bands, and obviously also to the devices that are subject to said limitation. For example, if you do not want your child to play on the PC at night, you must block the access of said equipment to the Internet at the indicated time, but also that of other devices with which it can give Internet connection to the PC and overcome that limitation , like your smartphone, for example.
It is convenient that you continuously monitor the evolution of the parental control measures that you have adopted to see that they are still in effect, and that they are still appropriate. For example, if you give your child a new smartphone, you will have to add it to the parental control system, and the same applies to any other new device that connects to the Internet.
On the other hand, remember that you can use parental control as a system for creating “awards” with which to reward the good behavior of your children. Thus, for example, if they have a limited connection to the Internet after 9:00 p.m., you can give them a “prize” allowing them to connect between 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. You can set this exception without problem through the parental control system, and choose the devices that will be able to use this “prize”.