General information about the web filter
With the web filter you can define which content should not be displayed in the browser. If the web filter blocking page shows up, the child has the option to send an unlock request. On Windows PCs, all applications that are located under Programs in the Internet group are filtered. By default the browsers Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer are already included. But you can add more browsers to this group.
On Android devices the Web Filter only works in the Chrome Browser App. In addition, the Accessibility Services must be activated on Android devices. Above you can see an example of block page screen on Android.
Blacklist vs. whitelist mode
If the Web Filter is enabled, you can choose between a blacklist (default) and whitelist mode. In blacklist mode everything is allowed that is not explicitly prohibited by other filters. The whitelist mode is exactly the opposite: Here you define very specific websites (domains). Everything else is then automatically being blocked. For this reason, no keywords, age or category settings are displayed in Whitelist Mode.
The Web List is the overview of all your own(!) allowed, prohibited and time limited websites. The Web List contains a few known child sites and two prohibited sites during the first installation. You can select one or more entries by clicking on the icons and then use the Delete or Edit buttons below the list. Use the Add button to add your own entries.
Important: The Web List is only intended for your own additions. Known unwanted websites (e.g. pornography, chat, social media) can be filtered by categories (see below). There are several million websites behind the categories. The Web List is therefore the wrong place to manage hundreds (or even more) of websites. A long web list has a negative effect on the performance of the child device.
You can define for which keywords a web page should not be displayed. The keywords will then lead to a blocked page during a search. Please note that permitted or time-limited pages are not checked for the keywords. Choose your keywords with care: Very often keywords lead to false positive alerts and non working web pages.
Child Control supports unwanted websites from various categories. The basis is a filter list with several million entries. This list is constantly updated and is available to all users. Activate the unwanted category in this tab by clicking on it, e.g. sex and pornography. You can check whether a URL/domain is already included in the category filter by clicking on Lookup / Suggest URL.
Web by age
You can set age restrictions for websites. You can also specify what should happen if there is no age rating for the page in question. Whether and with which age classification a website is deposited with us, you can see under Lookup / Suggest URL. There the appropriate age classification is deposited behind the entry. If you do not consider an age classification to be correct or useful, you can report this to us immediately in the Report section. We will then check the entry again.
Lookup / Suggest URL
You can check whether a certain domain already exists in our internal blacklist (category list).
If the domain is not yet in our list, you can submit a proposal this way. You can also select the appropriate category and your age estimation. After a short check we will add this domain to our list. You can also report false alarms or wrongly blocked domains in this way.
Under this item you can save blacklists (forbidden URLs and keywords) as well as whitelists (allowed URLs and domains) in a simple text format outside the web portal (e.g. as a backup copy). An export of all settings can be found under section Settings -> Import/Export.
Set access level
When adding or editing a web page, you can specify how it should be allowed.
Enter individual Internet pages (domains) for the user you want to allow. This option is intended for websites that are to be allowed without restrictions (see whitelist). Please note that desired websites (both those that are always allowed and those that are allowed for a certain time) are not checked for unwanted terms from the "Blocked" category. Therefore, you should also enter pages here that should be excluded from filtering.
Under "Time limit" you can define how long the website can be visited per day, week or month. You can also define blocking times (similar to blocking times for the PC or the Internet as a whole) under "Time allowed". Allowing time for individual Internet pages is particularly suitable for chat sites, online games, etc. where children spend a lot of time. You can easily find out which pages are included in this category in the Usage Logs section. In this area you can also use the details Blocking times. If you have selected the blacklist mode "Unknown websites blocked", only websites from the Allowed as well as Time limit and Group sections are accessible.
Options (Windows version only)
In the Windows version there are some options available for the web filter. Set the Neutral warning message to suppress the exact reason for the web block. Instead of "Page blocked because of keyword porn" only the text "Unwanted web page accessed" will appear. The Advanced Web Filter checks not only the URL or domain but also the HTML <title> and <meta> tags of the corresponding page (Attention: this setting can slow down the internet speed significantly!). Disable web filter fallback: If a web page is blocked by Child Control, the lock screen appears in the browser. In addition, this page is closed after approx. 15 seconds. This serves as further protection if, for example, antivirus software negatively influences the functioning of the web filter. If you do not want automatic closing, activate the checkbox here. The option Disable dynamic whitelist is only available if you use the whitelist mode. The dynamic whitelist allows other domains/URLs embedded in an approved page to be loaded as well. Only disable the dynamic whitelist if you want an absolutely strict whitelist filter. No Downloads prevents direct downloads of files of the types *.exe, *.zip and *.mp3. Use Redirect blocked sites to URL to specify that instead of the lock screen, redirection is to a page you specify (e.g. to a search engine for children).