If you’re like most people, you probably use your home WiFi network to connect to the internet whenever you’re at home. And if you have kids, you might be wondering if there’s a way to monitor the websites they’re visiting while they’re connected to your home network. Luckily, there are a few different ways you can do this.
One way is to use a third-party router that has built-in website filtering. These routers usually come with a list of pre-approved websites that your kids can visit, and you can also add your own custom list of approved or blocked websites. If you’re not sure which router to get, you can check out our list of the best routers for parental controls.
Another way to monitor the websites your kids are visiting is to use a network monitoring tool like Net Nanny or OpenDNS. These tools let you see which websites are being accessed on your home network, and you can then block specific websites or set up custom filters. If you’re not sure which tool to use, you can check out our comparison of the best parental control software.
Finally, you can also use your router’s built-in parental controls. Most routers come with some basic filtering options that let you block specific websites or categories of websites. However, these controls are usually not as comprehensive as the ones you’ll get with a third-party router or a network monitoring tool. If you’re not sure how to access your router’s parental controls, you can check your router’s manual or contact your ISP.
Once you’ve chosen a method for monitoring the websites your kids are visiting, you can then start setting up custom filters and blocking specific websites. For more tips on keeping your kids safe online, you can check out our guide to parental controls. And if you’re concerned about someone else monitoring your home network, you can also check out our guide to securing your home WiFi network.