I'm new to OpenDNS and only moderately techy, so please bear with me. I am trying to use OpenDNS to control access on our kids' computer. (I'd do it at the router level, but unless/until I get a new router to piggyback on the one we have from Comcast, I can't do it at the router level.) Eventually, if I can figure all this out and get it working as I want, I may also try to use it on my 14 yo's school-issued Chromebook (not sure if I'll be able to, but I do know that I can always block THAT device completely at the router if need be.)
So I configured OpenDNS on kids' PC (running Windows 7, for what that's worth). I've successfully applied some filters. But I really want to block Google Hangouts, so that when said 14 yo is using that computer for *cough*cough* "homework" *cough*cough* he can't be distracted by chatting.
I have added to the block list (based on my research here):
I'm testing by logging into my husband's google account on kids' computer, and using my account on my laptop. I thought I was successful, because when I tried to SEND a message FROM kids' computer it wouldn't send! Yay! However, when I SEND a message FROM MY computer, it DOES appear on the Hangouts chat on the kids' computer, where it should be blocked. Boo! So it appears that messages can't be SENT on the "blocked device" but can be received. Looks like I'm halfway there. Any suggestions?
As an aside, I would prefer to be able to block these domains at the router level, because there, I can set up "scheduling" and easily turn the restrictions on and off. My router does allow me to block "sites" and "services", but when I enter these domains on the router parental controls, it doesn't work there, either. So if anyone has ideas about that, they are also welcome.
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