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Parental Controls

Protect your family on computers, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more.

Today’s families have an array of Internet-connected devices in their homes, from computers to gaming consoles to smart phones. OpenDNS is the only Internet parental controls solution that empowers parents to manage Web access across every device that accesses the Internet on your home network. This includes phones and computers that your kids’ friends bring into the house, giving parents peace-of-mind that their kids are protected regardless of how they’re accessing the Internet.

This unique functionality makes OpenDNS the single most effective Internet parental controls solution available.


  • Choose the custom Web filtering level thats right for your household

    Each household is unique, so OpenDNS gives you flexibility in blocking Internet content. We divide the Internet's millions of websites neatly into 56 categories, like “adult,” “games,” “academic fraud” and “social media.” Parents can block entire categories of content, or just choose to block the individual websites that you know are problematic or unsafe for your family.  Or, for easier setup, you can choose a filtering level: low, medium or high.  The low filtering level blocks just adult content, where the high filtering level blocks adult content, social networking sites, video-sharing sites and more.

  • Simple to set up and manage

    Setting up OpenDNS parental controls is as easy as making one simple change to your wireless router. Follow our detailed instructions for your wireless router's settings, then choose the content you want to block. OpenDNS takes effect across your entire household immediately – from your family computer to your kids' gaming console. Because OpenDNS Internet parental controls also provide you insight into which websites are being visited on your home network, the service allows you to easily discover new problem websites. If you see an inappropriate website appear in your account statistics you can quickly and easily block the site and, if you wish, the category of content to which that site belongs.

  • A new communication outlet with your kids

    OpenDNS helps start a dialogue about Web safety and appropriate use between you and your kids by letting you customize the page your kids see when a website's been blocked. Write a message to them and even add an image to best explain why you've chosen to restrict their access. “That website isn't allowed in the Smith household because it contains unsafe content.  Love, the management.”  Your kids will clearly understand your logic in restricting access to the websites you've chosen to block. They even have the option to email you directly from the block page and plead their case for reversing the block and allowing the site, should you wish to enable that feature.

  • The most trusted and recommended Internet parental controls service

    OpenDNS has been recommended by the New York Times, PC World, Cafe Mom and many leading technology publications. Perhaps the most powerful vote of confidence of all, OpenDNS is chosen and trusted by more than 1 in 3 US public schools to keep their kids safe online.

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Philadelphia School

  • OpenDNS VIP gives you complete control over your home network. Block problematic content in less than one minute.


  • OpenDNS FamilyShield is easy to set up and works on all Internet-connected devices.

    PC World

  • We use OpenDNS for our filtering for a family-safe Internet.