Parent guide to Parental Controls with Linksys Shield
The Block by Category feature in Linksys Shield makes it easy for parents to decide what kind of websites your kids can visit while on your home network.
How does it work?
Once you’ve subscribed to Linksys Shield, use the Linksys app to apply a preset age category to any device connected to your home network – Child, Pre-Teen, Teen, and Adult. Each time the device tries to access a website, Linksys Shield will decide whether the site is allowed, based on the type of content typically available on that site. You can fine-tune the presets to match your family’s rules and your parenting style. Block by Category works on a per-device basis, so you can block different categories for each device in your home.
Want to see what Linksys Shield thinks of a specific website? Visit our partner Trend Micro and enter a website URL next to the “Is it safe?” field. You can see whether the site is safe from malicious software and phishing, as well as the categories the site falls under.
NOTE: Keep in mind that complete control over internet content is tricky. Monitoring your child’s activity is always a good practice with any technology.
Things to consider when using Block by Category and Parental Controls
- Alternate Sites
- Apps and Games
- Cached Content
- Cellular Data and Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Getting to know the Linksys Shield powered by Trend Micro (VIDEO)
How to use the Block by Category feature in Linksys Shield (VIDEO)