Back in 2013 we finally reached a point where we knew we had to do something about our 3 kids’ online safety. Up until then, we’d somehow managed to hide the internet from them but there was no getting away from it. They knew it existed and they were going to explore it – by hook or by crook!
So we set off on the hunt for a suitable online safety solution, assuming it would be pretty straightforward. Products were already available on the market, how hard could it be to find one that worked for us? As it turns out, harder than you’d think.
The problems were many but the two that caused us the most consternation were these:-
- Overly Complex - all the available options were software-based and needed to be downloaded and configured onto every device. Yawn!
- Neither Safe nor Secure – all solutions depended on blacklist filtering , a system that can only ever do 50% of the job at best.
Despite our best efforts, it was beginning to look like our only option would be to spend the rest of our kids’ childhood looking over their shoulders or checking their Search History. And who in their right mind wants to do that? We didn’t. So we took our 30+ years of experience in Broadcast IT and Systems Architecture, and 10+ years’ of working with and writing for parents and decided there was only one thing for it! We’d solve the problem ourselves.
And so KidsSafetyNet was born!
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KidsSafetyNet is a complete online safety solution for 3-10 year olds, delivered by a plug and play customized WiFi router that plugs into a household’s existing broadband service. It automatically creates a new KidsSafetyNet doorway to the internet. Through this doorway lies an ever growing pre-vetted online Kids Corner where all content has been put through a stringent review process and age rated before being allowed in.
Put simply, kids enter the internet via our KidsSafetyNet WiFi point while parents retain full internet access through their usual password-protected WiFi point. Parents get the internet they want whilst kids get the internet they need. Our user-friendly Parent Portal allows parents to set age limits, time limits, add content and monitor their kids’ online activity with our Activity reports.