ExperienceIQ: Enhanced Parental Controls give you the ability to set profiles, add filters, create time limits, and view network usage. To receive Enhanced Parental Controls, you must first contact your service provider to sign up. Let’s learn about creating filters.
Using the Filters feature within the Enhanced Parental Controls service can help you control the type of content your child is exposed to on the Internet. Within the app, locate Parental Controls and tap the Filters button. On the top, you’ll see three sections labeled – Content, Application, and Website.
The Content filter prevents users from accessing entire sections of the Internet – keeping them from viewing things like pornographic and gambling websites, sites featuring violent content, and P2P/File Sharing sites. Once the item is checked, the app will refresh, and the filter has been applied.
NOTE: Individual websites are categorized into the following groups for content restriction purposes. While this does not represent all categories imaginably, it is the set that represents some of the most common groups parents wish to restrict. Cloud services and automation are responsible for analyzing and categorizing websites focusing on the most commonly seen sites. Users can always block a specific site if it has not been categorized yet by using the website filter option.
In the next tab, you’ll find the application section. Here, you can ban or allow a profile to access specific applications. For example, if your child has a friend visiting who needs to get homework done, you can ban a gaming application from connecting to the Internet during the visit. You can do this with other applications like Steam, Discord, Skype, and Minecraft. Once the app has been added to the list, you can remotely toggle it on or off whenever you choose. Simply start typing to see if the application is available to block.
In the third section, you have the option to ban or allow specific websites. For example, if you notice that a user is spending too much time browsing specific sites, you can add the URL to block it. Once added, just like in the previous section, you can allow or block the site remotely at any time.
As you can see, it’s simple and easy to create filters for your network.
NOTE: You will NOT receive notification for every type of content that is blocked as it could result in constant notifications to your phone.
What are the options to filter content?
Select the appropriate content and application filters desired. This will block devices from seeing data from filtered categories, applications, and websites.
Content: Broad categories of content grouped by topics that could concern parents.
Applications: A list of applications that can be blocked. Search for the application and select it if available. Any application not available is not currently supported.
Website: A set of user-defined websites that will be blocked. You must enter a URL such as www.youtube.com. Be sure entries are accurate to ensure proper blocking.
Note: Applications are not websites. Applications access data directly from servers that a web browser would never know about or be able to block by name. This is where the application filter is used. For example: Subscribers can block the website twitter.com via the website filter. If the Twitter application is installed on the device as an app, it will also need to be blocked in the application filter.
Enhanced Parental Control also allows subscribers to allow specific content that might have otherwise been blocked by a category filter. For example: You could block the category Social network, then add facebook.com to the website filter and set it to allow access specifically to Facebook.
Note: When setting filters and time limits, it may take a few minutes to become active and apply those settings to active device connections.