- Apr 8, 2009
I have been using Pihole to block porn/gambling/gore/etc sites for a while now and it seems pretty effective. I found some dynamic adlists I think posted on the Pihole forums for all that stuff and just dropped it into there.
They can also just change their local DNS settings to 188.8.131.52/184.108.40.206 or whatever to bypass your Pihole. Fortunately my kids barely know what an IP is still, let alone how to change one on a device. Though my son has a phone now and knows he can just tether off of it whenever I block him on the home network (for not doing chores or whatever), so I have to physically take his phone when it comes to that point. There's no technical way for me to keep them from using other networks aside from putting some kind of MDM software on their phone.For all their PC's, turn off DoH (secure DNS) on all installed browsers. Chrome and Firefox have that in the settings. Depending on their aptitude, they may have the ability to turn it back on though. More advanced firewalls (like pfSense) have the ability to block some of that, but it's not a perfect science.
And finally, I hope they don't figure out how to use public VPN's....