If necessary, individual Internet pages can be completely blocked in the FritzBox. Such a blacklist can be useful, for example, to supplement parental control software on the PC, so that content is blocked even on smart TVs and smartphones. The following instructions will help.
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Violence, erotic content or sheer hatred: there are many good reasons why children in particular should not have unrestricted access to the Internet. At a young age, they get to know the Internet together with their parents, but from puberty at the latest, they also want to be "alone" – even in the digital world. Parental controls and filtering of individual websites ensure that undesirable content does not find its way onto the youngsters’ monitors. Other than with a software, the filtering in the FritzBox router can de facto hardly be bypassed.
Make FritzBox childproof
The following instructions show you the individual steps that are necessary to set up a block in the FritzBox. Regardless of this, you should always choose a secret password for the router, which the own offspring does not know. Otherwise, the blocking could of course be overridden again immediately via direct router access. Furthermore, it is recommended to set up such a password also for the WLAN, so that you can also block this if necessary. If you refrain from changing the password and instead keep the default password, children could quickly find it out by looking at the router and thus gain access to the settings.
Instructions in 7 steps
- Call up the user interface of the router. You can do this by entering the address "fritz.Enter "box. You will then need to enter a password, which may have been set previously, to gain access to the router’s functions and settings.
- Switch from the standard view to the "advanced" view. You can find the button for this at the bottom left edge.
- Select the "Internet" tab and then "Filter", both of which can be found on the left-hand side of the menu.
- The FritzBox will now show you all devices that are connected to the network and therefore access the router. Select the PC (or a similar device) from the list and click on the icon, which looks like a piece of paper with a pen (Edit)
- The router now offers you several options to filter access to the Internet and content there. Among other things, you can, for example:
- set a time limit and thus restrict the maximum time spent on the Internet to a certain number of hours
- have certain websites completely filtered so that they are no longer accessible
- block selected programs and their Internet access (blocked network applications), which is ideal, for example, if the parental control should also include (online) games
- As soon as you have defined the individual settings, they will be applied directly and you can leave the menu again.
- It makes sense to create user profiles at the same time, for example with unrestricted access for the parents. Furthermore, you can limit the access for guests or make appropriate filtering for children with different ages in the household – an ideal solution for siblings. The settings for this are hidden under the "Access profiles" tab.
With the help of these instructions, you have now successfully blocked individual websites, programs or even entire devices. You can adjust the settings again at any time, for example if a restriction of programs should only exist temporarily.
Other helpful functions of the FritzBox
A very elementary feature is the so-called "whitelist", which is unsurprisingly the counterpart to the "blacklist. This feature turns the tables. Consequently, all websites are blocked first, except for those that are entered on the whitelist. Your child could therefore only visit websites on the "white list". This solution is ideal for children at a young age or if the computer is really only used for schoolwork. Pages such as Wikipedia are then whitelisted, while the rest of the Internet remains blocked. However, these features are hardly suitable as a permanent solution, as pretty much everything on the Internet is blocked, even pages which, for example, would actually be important for homework after a previous Google search.
- "Blacklist" usually more helpful due to blocking function
- but only blocks sites known to the parents
- Entering of known platforms, for example to erotic content, from memory (or after own research) possible
Tip: Take some time and browse through the history of your computer or browser. How to find sites that have been accessed in the past but should now be blocked.
Parental control, sensitize children
With the above instructions and by following the individual steps, you can already efficiently protect your little ones from some of the bad content on the net. Due to the program lock, this can also be implemented for file sharing or online games. In the long run, it is always helpful to have an open dialogue with your children. In some cases, they are not even responsible for accessing such dubious websites, for example, if they accidentally clicked on an ad or a website simply opened an unwanted dubious page.
By teaching children how to deal consciously with the Internet and its dangers, they can be protected even away from blocks in the FritzBox. You should bear this in mind, because even domestic blocked pages do not rule out the possibility that the little ones will use their tablet or smartphone together with other WLANs to then surf such pages. Therefore, regardless of a lock, it is important to make children aware of the dangers that lurk on the Internet.