Was asks recently about what options he could look at to try to keep his kids on task with the up coming school year and the high likelihood of having to contin he with non-traditional instruction, ie: classes at home.
His first though was of course some kind of Domain; costly and hardly worth setting up for a maximum of five computers.
Another option that came up was LDAP - which I will admit I dont have much experience with.
And then there is piHole, knowing that this is a great tool to blacklist ads, and harmful sights, but could likely be a simple solution.
He’s recently admitted that one of the kids has managed to hack a cell phone to by-pass some or many of the parental settings that had been set.
Costs are of course a factor ,...
We have a domain here at home. But then, I'm in the industry.
We also have a SonicWALL TZ300 set up with security and site monitoring.
DC DNS is set to check OpenDNS (we have a subscription). Root Hints are disabled.
DC provides DNS for the home network. Firewall is set to allow TCP/UDP 53 from the DC only (this is default for client setups anyway).
This catches about 90% of everything that could possible. OpenDNS helps with the search stuff too. It filters out stuff they should be seeing.
We have Microsoft Family set up on all of the kid's machines.
NOTE: Tech companies have deemed themselves owners of our kids. How? When the kid turns 13 they can turn off monitoring. I was right p*ssed off when I figured that out as I wasn't getting parental reports for my eldest son. That changed RPQ.
Use Microsoft Parental Monitoring on all Windows devices. It is helpful though not perfect. We schedule device usage time.
RULE: No. Devices. In. The. Bedroom. PERIOD
RULE: All device work must be done such that the screens face public.
RULE: Devices are Tools not Toys (No gaming here. Go outside, Build something, Clean something)
Note: We home school. Our main goal was, and is, to give our kids the best d*mned education that we can versus the cookie cutter factory schools that teach closet Marxism/Socialism here. Eldest daughter is an amazing artist at 16, 13yo son is into REVIT, Fusion 360, SolidWorks, stress engineering and more, while our youngest just is. They are turning out great.