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Foldable Saw for the Man Cave

The foldable trend is going strong. Samsung will soon feature a foldable screen on its Galaxy X and rumor has it that more mobile devices will have similar flexible designs over the next few years. There are folding scooters, bikes, furniture and… now there’s even a foldable saw. With everyone wanting to conserve space, we have a feeling this saw is going to be a mega-hit soon.

The Filzer Buckster Bow Saw BBS-1 collapses compactly into a circular tube (19in x 1.4in), making it one heck of a unique and useful tool to add to your man cave collection. It not only has the functionality you would look for in a saw, with its ability to cut logs up to 13in in diameter, but it also folds up to save space.

The frame around the saw blade is completely made of aluminum and has a stainless steel tensioning system, which gives the saw durability as well as making it lightweight. It’s only 1.3lbs! The foldable saw even has a rubber insulating handle to make it easier to work and carry it as your projects demand.

When it is compact, the blade of the Buckster Bow Saw stores safely inside the tube. This feature should help ease your worries if you have kids around. We like the foldability trend for conserving space when you’re in a smaller lair. You don’t have to sacrifice the power of awesome tools, which makes everyone, including Tim The Toolman Taylor, happy. Besides, your drill is feeling lonely.

Spare blades are available for this Filzer folding saw that reminds us a bit of the shape of a high jump bar. Now excuse us while we jump at the chance to have more tools in our man cave without the wife every noticing the compact tube that the Buckster Bow Saw transforms into – Hey, what she doesn’t know won’t hurt her, right? Besides, we need a new saw for our next DIY project!

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This DIY Drone is Open Source

It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to put together your own drone. But Flexbot makes it happen with the Quadcopter Kit.

The DIY copter kit is a great project for when your gal tells you to get out of the man cave cause you haven’t moved in two days, or your teens are nagging you again for something to do.  The open source drone comes unassembled so you can figure out exactly what powers it as you put it together. In the kit is a comic book that explains the stories and knowledge behind Flexbot.

This bad boy is open source too so it will inspire the hacker in you (or at least the legal version). Make it go slower or act differently in any way you want with simple or complex codes. The electronics and designs are freely available in the collaborative community. It’s kinda like Lego – you’re only limited by your imagination (well look at us getting all whimsical).

You can even print off custom shells for the Flexbot DIY drone by downloading the 3D files in the Quadcopter Kit. Make the drone exactly how you want it to look!

This awesome drone even includes a camera on it so you can take pics as it launches and flies through the air. Later you can admire the birds and elevated views as you watch back the footage in high 650 x 480 resolution. It also comes with a 350mAh battery that gives you about a 7-minute flight path and rivals the Bionic Bird we recently spotlighted.

As for how you fly it, simply use an app on your tablet or smartphone. Get behind the controls as you test out the Flexbot drone in your backyard (heads up, neighbors!). The app is simple; just use your touchscreen to change directions and speed. The app works on Android or iOS mobile devices.

Okay, the geek in us is calling out for some coding fun now and, yes, we really do have fun doing it. Catch you on the tech side.

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walking dead approves survival tips

You can survive any apocalypse, whether it's a zombie invasion, plague, or another catastrophe, provided that you follow the advice in this guide. Be one of the lucky few who will survive the destruction by preparing for it now, within your man cave. Be forewarned, though, this guide is not for the fainthearted.

Mind you, if you're a massive fan of AMC's The Walking Dead TV series, then we don't need to tell you about violence and bloodshed.

The television series has taken the dangers of the world from comic book pages to your HD television in awesomely horrific ways, and the next logical step is for an apocalypse to become a reality. We don't mean to frighten you but do want you to be prepared for when all hell breaks loose.

In honor of The Walking Dead, which is back for another season (cheering ensues), you can learn how to survive like Rick Grimes and his posse in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world. We'll prep you for other types of apocalypses too, including alien invasions and deadly diseases. While not everyone will survive - RIP Andrea, Shane, Hershel, and others - you can be one of the few who lives through the ordeal and achieves super hero status.

Of course, it won't be an easy road. You'll have to stumble through woods with bleeding wounds, pillage for food, and watch some of your closest allies be killed. But you can respond by getting tougher and being a leader who stands the course of time.

Get a Crossbow, as per Daryl Dixon

The Walking Dead's Daryl Dixon is a southern tracker who hunts animals and walkers equally well. Become his equivalent in the event of an apocalypse by protecting your family and friends, just as Daryl does for Rick Grimes. You will have to lead supply runs too, which can take you out of the safe confines of your man cave, but we trust you to return soon and bring the sought-after necessities with you. Maybe, if you do well at those tasks, you can become a series regular and fan favorite like the underrated actor Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl on TV.

In the first three seasons, Daryl Dixon used a Horton Scout HD 125 crossbow. That's an entry level weapon to scare the crap out of your Grandmother and should be treated as such - here is your plastic replica, go play!

Partway through the third season (Episode 12, to be exact), he got a new crossbow. The replacement one is more powerful; it is the Stryker StrykeZone 380. Now we are talkin'! That sucker is sold out in most places due to the recent increase in roaming walkers, but you can check this list for possible alternatives!

The Walking Dead Roleplay Weapon Daryl Crossbow

There are some drawbacks through to using either crossbow, as Daryl would likely tell you. Firstly, a crossbow lacks the firepower of a gun. Secondly, it takes time to reload. As for the benefits, crossbows are typically easier to hold in target than bows. The accuracy of shooting targets is quite high too with a crossbow. 

As for the Horton model, in particular, it is lightweight and small. It also is great at hitting close targets. These reasons likely explain why AMC chose the Scout 125 model. Now you can get a replica of Daryl Dixon's Horton Scout 125 crossbow. You'll be sexy and cool like him - not to mention keeping the zombies at bay. You're welcome.

Now, let's say you've got to kill a zombie fast. Grab your Horton crossbow and aim for the brain. You'll need a steady hand. Make sure you have enough arrows to take down the zombie, or you'll have to run to the police station to restock. Try going to the precinct where Rick Grimes previously worked. But watch out, there might be more zombies there.

Perhaps this arrow signed by Daryl Dixon himself (aka Norman Reedus) will bring you good luck. Heck, survival is about skill more than chance but it doesn't hurt to have such a prestigious weapon within your arsenal. 

A Hands-On Approach: Close Combat Gear for the Stealthy Slayer

Katanas

michonne katana

Aside from the crossbow, you've got to consider the katana. Michonne's iconic katana is awesome. You can get a replica of the katana that was custom made for the television show. But there is only a 5000 unit run, so you better get in there fast while there are still some left!.

It sports great details, including the pommel Celtic style symbols, and a black rayskin handle with a white wrap made of synthetic leather.

This replica is officially licensed merchandise and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. Use Michonne's signature weapon to take down the zombies when they rise.

It's noiseless so it won't attract the attention of the undead, and it won't use up any of your precious ammo either.

Knives

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Slay walkers and aliens with a hands-on method. Knives might do the job (which reminds us, you won't have to return the office anymore, on the bright side). While a gun might attract a zombie's attention and a crossbow's sound when fired might be enough to turn an alien crazier than it is already, a knife is quieter. Try your best not to startle the biters, at any time. Also, ammo is likely scarce in a post-apocalyptic world.

Plus, you can enjoy the satisfaction of performing the act. You are limited by your physical strength, though, so you had better enroll in classes specifically for close-combat training as soon as possible. Build up your muscles before the apocalypse becomes a reality.

​By now you are likely wondering, what type of knife do I get?

Sure, you could use a closed knife with a graphic of The Walking Dead on its handle. But, let's get real here, you want to be sure your knife can handle the zombie-laden demands that Rick and his tribe battle against every episode. You'd better choose a Gerber knife (or two) then as most of the ones on the TV show are made by this company. Remember the episode "What Lies Ahead" the first episode of Season 2? When Carl Grimes found a bunch of knives in a vehicle, they were - you guessed it - Gerber knives.

Let's discuss the features of the knife you'll want to possess in the post-apocalyptic world. There's the folding knife. For example, in the show's first episode of Season 1, Morgan Jones threatened Rick with a hunting knife that looked a heck of a lot like a Buck 110 Hunter. There's also the scene where Deanna's son Spencer uses a Busse dagger to help defend Alexandria.

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Then there's Rick's main knife that he keeps on his person. We've seen this folding knife appear countless times on the show. It's a Gerber DMF Folder. The manual opening DMF Folder has a sure grip with your bare hands or gloves, thanks to its textured G-10 handle. It works great for self-defense moves, like when you're defending your man cave against zombies or aliens. Remember that badass knives like this one work best when put through a zombie's brain. Although Rick stabbed a zombie in the face through a fence in Season 2's "18 Miles Out" episode, so that's another option.

Or, you could opt for a fixed blade knife instead of a folding one. Daryl Dixon prefers a Busse Team Gemini, in addition to his crossbow. So, there's no rule saying you can only have one type of weapon. Let's talk about "18 Miles Out" a bit more. Remember when Rick threw a knife on the floor for Randall so he could free himself and hopefully survive? It was a Gerber Freeman Guide.

Machetes and Axes

Looking for more options for slaying the zombies or aliens? Well, it's always good to keep your options open, particularly when you're the prey. Lori Grimes carried a Gerber Bear Grylls Parang Machete when she was looking for Sophia. It's a "silent" weapon that won't attract the zombie's attention.

lori gerber machete

Machetes also feature into scenes with Rick and Aaron. In Season 5, Rick described the red-handled machete, which he said he would use to kill Gareth. Also, Aaron used a machete ​in the Season 5 finale. But the cleaver-like weapon can be heavy. Keep going to the gym and doing free weights there to build up your arm muscles, so you won't fatigue as quickly during zombie attacks at your man cave.

​As for axes, aha, we have another winner! It is Dale's preferred weapon and might be yours too. Aim at the zombie's brain as your go-to move. Rick carried a fire axe back when he was in Atlanta. The obvious downside with an axe is that you have to be in close proximity to the walker and you likely don't have a high skill level with this weapon.

But it really is handy to have an axe! Aside from killing zombies, your axe is great for chopping firewood, and you can swing it to take down blockades. Look for an axe with a steel head and wooden handle for a strong, effective tool that doubles as a weapon. The best types of axes for a zombie apocalypse are fire axes, bush axes, and pick axes; all three are versatile and weighted.

Guns to Use on the Undead

twd grimes with colt python

When the undead rise up, you better be ready. We can't forget about guns, but the real question here is what type of gun would you use during a zombie apocalypse? Apparently you don't have to go fancy, at least if you follow the lead of The Walking Dead characters on TV.

the walking dead revolver

What do we mean? Well, let's take a look at what Rick Grimes is packing. He's got the Colt Python. You can get an airsoft version of his gun or, alternatively, opt for a prop model of Rick's Colt Python. This gun is easily the most famous one on the TV show, so it is a must-have item in your post-apocalyptic surroundings. 

If you're looking to arm the people around you with guns too, so that you can work just like Rick and his crew in cooperation to kill more zombies, then you can also get the Mossberg 690 12-gauge shotgun. It's the one used by sheriff's deputy Shane Walsh in the pilot episode. Shane continues to use it to slay walkers throughout the seasons.

In case that's not your thing, you might find your ideal zombie slayer after comparing Glock 19 and M&P 9mm c handguns.

Of course, should you find yourself on top of a Winnebago like Dale Horvath, you'll want a Ruger M77 Hawkeye Bolt-Action Rifle like him. Did you ever notice that he was rarely seen without it? Man, you want a trusty bolt-action rifle like that one to take down a hoard of walkers. 

Or, maybe you'll scare the biters off with your intimidating 11"x14" photo autographed by Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick. This signed photo is 100 percent certified authentic and features Rick ready with his gun to take on the undead. Other options for dueling zombies (and aliens too) include throwing a large rock or using a baseball bat if you just happen to have either one laying around. Killing walkers doesn't have to be complex, although it can be quite a gruesome act.

Secret Compartments

Secret Storage Book

secret compartment inside a stack of books

No matter what the type of apocalypse, you're going to benefit from having a secret compartment (or two) in your lair. A great one is a secret storage book safe.

It looks like a real book when it's on your wood pallet shelf but open it up to reveal a storage compartment for your valuables. Store your jewelry in there, as well as account numbers, credit cards, and keepsakes.

Be sure to choose a book title that will be inconspicuous. In other words, don't use "War and Peace" if you're known for being an avid reader of spaghetti westerns instead. Also, place the book on a bookshelf between novels of a similar height and subject matter. Avoid looking suspicious! You can also keep ammunition, which will quickly become scarce, in this secret compartment.

Hidden Firearm Shelf

hidden firearm shelf

You know you want one. Get all of the usefulness of a regular shelf, with the addition of a cavity lined beneath its surface.

Store your guns within this secret part of the wall shelf. To access the locked compartment of the hidden firearms shelf, simply disengage the lock using a key that only you have on your person. The hinges use a gas spring dampener for a controlled opening.

Diversion Safes

There are many options, depending on which secret compartment you prefer (or use a range of different ones to spread your valuables throughout your man cave). For example, fake cans with hidden storage are readily available online that mimic products you have around the house. They are called distraction safes because they pretend to be real products. For example, here is a WD-40 can diversion stash container.

Some can safes even look like bottles with liquid inside. Nearly every item around your man cave can be disguised as a hidden storage area if you plan ahead. Or, just buy one already made online to save precious time.

Food and Water: Preservation and Storage

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Pack in advance for the long treks that you will likely have to make to find food and water. Make sure that the backpack in which you put your essentials is easy to carry, sturdy, and waterproof. Packing ahead enables you to grab the bag quickly when zombies are chasing you.

You need food and water just as much as you need to escape those zombies or aliens. As per the rule of threes for survival, you can survive three days without water and three weeks without food. To keep from dying of dehydration before the plague takes your life, if that is the unfortunate apocalyptic situation that surrounds you will require that you have access to clean drinking water.

Let's assume that the water mains are broken. You'll need a long-term water solution. Prepare now by storing jugs of water and water filters in multiple locations around your man cave. The general rule is that a gallon of water a day is sufficient; half of it is for drinking while the other half is for hygiene.

Obviously if you live in a warmer climate, then you will require more water (and a dehumidifier in a pre-apocalypse world). If you feel your motivation for getting through the huge crisis wanes, transfer water into this travel tumbler that is an ode to The Walking Dead for an instant zap of Daryl's heroic energy.

If you're storing tap water now, while you still have the precious liquid, then use food-grade plastic bottles or glass bottles that haven't had food items within them. And, for goodness sakes, make sure you seal the bottles so that they don't get contaminated.​

Speaking of contamination, here's what you need to produce clean drinking water if there are bugs within the only water you have access to:

  • Fuel and Stove: A camp stove and fuel to boil water to purify it is an amazing asset.
the crew of the walking dead hanging out in front of a store

​Now, let's talk more about strategy. Stores usually carry three days of supplies of items. Send the wild fighter on your team (see the "Organize A Survival Team" section below) to the store as soon as possible after the apocalypse hits to get food and water to bring back to your family.

As the power will go out soon after the apocalypse happens, you will want to stock up on items that won't require cooking to be digestible. In other words, stay away from rice and dry beans.

Pick foods that are fine to eat right out of the can. Along with canned foods, get vacuum-sealed goods.

Also, you can hope for a prison with a lot of food nearby, like the one located in Woodbury on The Walking Dead.​ But it's okay if there isn't a lot of food as you rarely see anyone eating or cooking on the television show anyway! On a side note, if a walker bites you just might be "tainted meat," like Bob Stookey was in the TV show. Although, as Gareth said to Bob in Season 5, "If it makes you feel any better, you taste much better than we thought you would..." Now there's some food for thought (groan).

Watch out for roamers as you go off on treks for food and water. They don't have digestive activity, but they won't let that stop them from trying to gnaw off your limbs. Living flesh is a treat to them, regardless of whether they have jaws or guts. Good thing they have bad eyesight, as proven by their irises that fade and decay.

Power Generation

The source of most US power is coal, so it needs people to feed the hoppers. That means that in the case of a zombie apocalypse, power would go out in 12 hours in some places and everywhere within one day.

Why? While there are about 600 coal power plants across America, there still need to be skilled workers to mine the coal and move the resource to the power plants. The workers aren't likely to do so if their families are in danger, or they get bitten by zombies. Even if a store has hydro power, it still requires people at the power source location to maintain electrical power transmission lines and electrical substations. 

Given all of this work that highly-skilled workers must do to generate power, it is unlikely that large-scale power will return anytime soon. The same statement holds true of AMC's The Walking Dead.

Oh and, heads up, without power there will not be working cellular towers and sewer processing plants. You won't be able to dial 9-1-1, and the sh*t will fly! You won't have cable either. Well, that's one way to cut the cord.

My, this all sounds miserable, but you do have options! Small generators may still function. Their fuels won't last long though as gas slowly evaporates. Are you thinking about gasoline in cars now? Good idea, in theory. Unfortunately, you won't be able to drive your car because gasoline will slowly evaporate. Don't tell the folks starring in The Walking Dead, though, as we still want them to be able to make getaways in cars. We suggest investing in a bicycle instead for when you need to travel long distances.

OK, back to the generator. A 5000-watt version is enough to be able to run your fridge, lights, and a few small appliances, but only until you run out of gas, which is already evaporating as I type these words.

westinghouse wh5500 generator

The Westinghouse portable generator has 5500 running watts and 6750 starting watts. The 357cc overhead valve engine is fully enclosed, which keeps it going strong in spite of debris or weather. 

Also, be sure to store batteries, to run devices like radios and flashlights. The 6D MagLite flashlight is a reliable choice and doubles as a club to hit the zombies. As well, stock up on matches, lighters, and glow sticks so you can be productive after the sun goes down. 

Set up a communication system with your family and friends too. Walkie-talkies are a great choice, and keep your batteries with the radio. If you have to leave the man cave to help your team get supplies, then tell the rest of your network where you're going and when you'll be back.

Unplug your light source!


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Are you looking for a light source that doesn't depend on burning fossil fuels?

The Solar Air Lantern can provide emergency lighting without relying on batteries, fuel or the need to plug it into the wall for power.​

  • Light up campsite by hanging on tree or rope
  • Great for reading a book in the dark
  • Lights inside of tent, hang it or lay on ground
  • Power outages at home or office
  • Keep in your car, boat or RV
  • Waterproof and it floats
  • Must have item for your 'bug out bag'
  • Light up a backyard party

If you're feeling handy and are technically inclined, you can also generate your own electricity. Here's an example: use renewable energy by making your own wind turbine out of PVC pipes and a car alternator. Then you'll have electricity so you can run water pumps, radio equipment (even when the batteries die), power tools, and more. You can charge your smartphone too, provided the earthquake didn't render the cellular tower useless. Another option is to use solar panels, which seem so useful in the Alexandria Safe Zone.

Rub Guts all Over You? Not Effective!

Perhaps at this point in the apocalypse survival guide you are wondering why we haven't suggested you cover yourself with zombie guts like Rick and Glenn did in Season 1 to avoid hungry walkers? Well, there are many reasons we're not suggesting this tactic.

Firstly, remember that it didn't work out so well for the two guys when it started to rain in that episode. If it rains, then your disguise is going to slide right off of you. Now that's a bummer. Then there's the obvious point that you're rubbing intestines all over your face and body. That's a risky move as they have pathogens... talk about bad hygiene.​ Plus, the smell of a rotting corpse is gross.

twd michonne with her boyfriend in chains

Using walkers as bodyguards seems to be a better method. Michonne showed us how to disarm zombies and use them to protect yourself. It appears to be a longer-lasting, more effective method than the zombie guts strategy.

Michonne used de-jawed, neutered walkers as her scent shield and now you can too. You'll need a rope or chain and more prep time than the "guts all over you" method but, hey, it looks much cooler.

Or you can take a more peaceful route and get this certified authentic autographed photo of Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne on The Walking Dead, with her bodyguards.

Organize a Survival Team

Organize social units to ward off the brain-cravers, like Rick and his posse, or to stay alive in any other apocalyptic situation. But, make sure that you plan ahead and are a smooth talker or the only people you'll successfully recruit are your whiny coworkers and second cousins. 

twd team

Here is who you ideally want on your survival team:

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A Leader

Pick a person who takes charge and handles stress well. In other words, pick the "Rick" in your crowd. This person must be strong and loyal. The leader looks out for the team at all times too; when Glenn and Maggie were taken hostage by the Governor, Glenn told his captors that the group was coming to get him, and it was true as he knew Rick had his back.

medic Denise

A Medical Pro

Enlist the help of a medical professional, such as a doctor or nurse. This person can help you to heal as quickly as possible after a zombie bite or a concussion following face-to-face combat with an alien. If a horrific disease is taking over the country, your medical guru can provide you with medicines that keep your immune system strong. He or she might even suggest you drink beer, , which may be healthier than you realized!

daryl dickson survivalist

A Wild Fighter

Yes, in a case of an apocalypse, it is helpful to enlist someone who keeps going and killing in spite of how bad it seems. Envision a member of the Navy SEALS or SWAT teams. The ideal person is emotionally stable, physically strong, energetic, resilient, and confident.

glen of the walking dead is a survival expert

A Survival Expert

This team member is clever at survival. Glenn is a clear example. He recently returned, as per the episode that aired November 22. Amidst rumors he died, Glenn is alive, despite being knocked off a dumpster by Nicholas' falling body. When we learned that he hid under the dumpster and avoided the reach of the walkers until he could safely get away, we realized he is a great survivalist!

hershel in the walking dead

A Nurturer

You will also want a nurturer on your side. It can be depressing out in the post-apocalyptic world. Think of someone who offers you an ear to listen, without wanting anything in return, and who is good at offering sympathetic words in difficult situations. The nurturer will probably also provide the best recommendation on what pillow and blanket to store in your man cave.

Avoid working with kids and animals, as per the show business adage, except Carl Grimes, of course.

Also, Don't Forget to...

There are likely to be signs of an upcoming apocalypse if you know where to look to spot the clues.

Firstly, keep up to date on upcoming crises via Facebook. That's right, you know that Mark Zuckerberg rules the world so it makes sense he'll know about any catastrophe before it happens. Secondly, Google it. The Internet is our go-to tool for any info, so, of course, that makes sense. BUT get ready for all hell to break loose once the Internet goes down.

The words OMG and WTF will be spoken by many (oh pop culture, how you have slain the English language).

Also, and we can't stress this point enough, stay at home as long as possible when the apocalypse strikes your area. If you think you have it bad, ​chances are good it's worse somewhere else. Ever heard the saying, "the grass is always greener on the other side"? It's true. Craft a survival plan so that you can stay in your man cave and survive for as long as possible. 

Store warm, long-sleeved clothing too if you are in a cold climate. Also, you will benefit by having a change of clothes in storage, as well as boots, a map, pot for cooking or boiling water, and can opener. Ask your medical pro to prepare a first aid kit that has essentials like bandages and medical tape.

Congratulations, you really might make it in the post-apocalyptic world! After reading this post, you now have knowledge of survival tactics and tools that are essential for surviving a range of catastrophes. Prepare for the worst. In the meantime, prepare for the continuation of the Kardashians, people with bad breath, and politicians who say "with all due respect" yet actually mean the opposite.

You can also start to prepare for future issues by watching reruns of MacGyver and learning not complain when your Netflix buffers.

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control how your children access the interent

A Step-By Step Guide On How To Completely Rule Your Home Network And manage your kid's time online

Kids love their devices, from iPhones and iPads to Samsung smartphones and Google tablets. They flock to social media networks, bouncing between Facebook and Instagram, watch Netflix and YouTube and spend endless hours on Minecraft.

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With so many ways for your kids to spend their time online - and a lot of their time being spent on it - you can't realistically watch them 24/7 to monitor what they come across on their screens.

Without getting too deep in to everything potentially bad on the web, you probably want them to have some time away from their devices, like some old-school physical activity and when it's time for bed.

So, what's the solution?

As the mancave master you clearly are, you have a basic understanding of how your home network functions. Based on that assumption, we suggest a customized approach, in which you manage your home's wireless network right at the source - the router.

Your kids will get their zzz's at night and you, as the parent, will have peace of mind. Yes, we know, it's more complex than that, and we will get into the details, but it does start at the router level.

Let's begin by outlining four ways to monitor home Internet use:

1. The Lockdown

More and more parents are choosing to lockdown the computers and mobile devices in their homes at certain times and on certain days.

controlling your kid's network access

You can schedule the shutdown in advance, so it's one less thing for you to worry about in your day. There are solutions for both Mac and Android devices. True, you could simply say to your child that he can only play two hours of games on the iPad a day but it's easy for him to cheat that agreement. You can't watch him all of the time, or at least not if you need to make dinner, head to work or do anything else! 

There are several ways to implement the lockdown method and then have it run automatically. For example, you can use restriction software on your PC that shuts your child's PC off at a certain time of day. Alternatively, you can use the DD-WRT and OpenDNS methods to turn off every device connected to your home Internet. Below, we'll explain how to set up DD-WRT and OpenDNS for lockdown purposes, as well as a third brute-force method.​

2. It's a Matter of Priority
controlling your kid's internet access speed

Have you ever been sitting on your couch watching Netflix when it starts to buffer unexpectedly for over ten minutes in the middle of a pivotal scene? It is frustrating (trust us). What causes this issue? Bandwidth. Perhaps your teen is elsewhere in the house on a device that uses a lot of bandwidth, which means there was little left on the network for your movie viewing enjoyment. 

The solution is to give bandwidth priority to certain devices that connect to your home Internet network by modifying your router. Ideally, the most bandwidth would go to the devices that are most important to your family's needs. If you manage the Internet use this way, then it won't matter how many people in your home are on the network at any time. If you know that your family uses a lot of bandwidth then you'll want to continue reading this post to learn how to manage it correctly by customizing your router. 

3. The Traffic Monitor
monitoring what your child can access online

You can be like the hallway monitor at your child's school (or is that a retro concept, "hallway monitor"?!), when you log Internet traffic on the router level. You can see the amount of traffic - ingoing and outgoing - on your home's network, as well as the type of websites your kids have been on lately.

Network monitoring and analysis doesn't have to be something that you do around the clock either. There is an array of tools to monitor the history of visited URLs for you on the PCs or Macs and mobile devices registered on your home network. You can see if your kids are looking at sites that you deem inappropriate for their age.

4. A Chip Off The Block
block illegal downloads on your network

At the router level, you can also block specific online behaviors. If you are fortunate enough to have children who listen to you and honor your wishes, then you won't have reason to learn about this method. But, just in case your kids aren't this way, we have advice for you.

Let's say your child tries to perform an illegal movie download. Rather than allowing this activity to happen without your knowledge, you can perform a preventative strike. Blocking features would keep your son or daughter from even being able to start the download, let alone complete it. To change the router settings, you can use the methods below. Don't worry, we've got your back.

SOLUTION 1: DD-WRT Method

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DD-WRT is an open-source router firmware that may be your ideal way to control your kids' devices. It is designed to enhance your wireless router's stability, network security, and privacy. While DD-WRT can supercharge your router in many ways (we'll explain below), it does not work with every device. The firmware is designed for Atheros- and Broadcom-based devices. 

Here are the requirements to install DD-WRT, including the supported routers, to consult if you are considering using this method of parental control:

What You Need To Install DD-WRT:


  1. A computer. It can be a Mac, Windows, Linux, etc.
  2. A broadband internet connection, whether it is DSL, Cable, or similar option.
  3. DD-WRT firmware image, which you can get at the official DD-WRT platform.
  4. A supported device, such as Netgear, Linksys, or Microsoft.
  5. The correct version of DD-WRT for your wireless router.

Most (but not all) of the leading routers, released within the past two years, have DD-WRT support. The process of installing the firmware on a router is known as "flashing." It is important to note that flashing the firmware on your router is usually a breach of the terms of service, which usually voids all router warranty and service. Also, you risk damaging your router, even if you follow all instructions. Speaking of instructions, here they are:

How To Install DD-WRT on Your Router:


  1. You must find the right version of DD-WRT for your supported device. To find it, simply do a quick search of the router database.
  2. Once you're in the database, you'll find you need to make a few related downloads. Choose the latest build that looks stable. Read your router's page to make sure you follow any special instructions for your device. Don't install the wrong one or you risk rendering your router useless.
  3. The specific instructions vary by router, but the process typically involves the same steps:
  4. Log into the admin page of your router. Don't know the admin address? Get out your router manual and it will be in there. Typically it looks like 10.0.x.x or 192.168.x.x.
  5. Head to the Admin section and choose Firmware Upgrade.
  6. Then pick "Select File" and locate your DD-WRT firmware.
  7. Upload your firmware, and then wait for the router to update fully; do not attempt to turn it off before the update is complete.
  8. NOTE: These instructions may differ for your router; follow what your router says first and foremost.

Congratulations on successfully installing DD-WRT on your router! Now you can reconnect to your network over Ethernet or Wi-Fi and go to the Admin page. Usually, you will still be able to go to the same page as you did before the install. You may be prompted for a username and password; if so, the default is "root" (username) and "admin" (password). If you use the defaults, be sure to go back in and change them so no one can hack in later. 

Now you're officially at the DD-WRT Admin page and have a lot of features at your disposal! While some routers do come with a few of these features, often you will find the DD-WRT expands on these features even when they come with the default firmware.

With your DD-WRT router, you now have the ability to do all four types of parental controls discussed earlier:

lockdown devices

Within the Admin page, you can set timeframes to allow or disable Internet access for every device in your home network. Within the Access Restrictions tab, you want to choose the "Deny" button, rather than "Filter."

The Deny option enables you to block Internet access to your residence; you can choose when you want to shut down your child's device, by time and/or day. To do so, follow the Denying Internet Access instructions.

monitor traffic

With the DD-WRT bandwidth monitoring tools, you can check how much bandwidth each device is using at any time. To do so, first enter your router IP address in your browser of choice. It looks similar to this: 192.167.1.1. Then, log in with your router admin details. The DD-WRT default is root (username) and admin (password). Next, click the status tab and select WAN. You will see the amount of bandwidth used.

Also, check the active client list to see which individual users are sucking up a lot of the bandwidth. Under the Status tab, click LAN. If your kid is hogging the bandwidth, you can just click the trashcan icon next to the user and knock your kid off Wi-Fi.

give bandwidth priority (use QoS)

The "Monitor Traffic" section above will give you insight into which devices you want to give bandwidth priority. Then, go to the Status tab and click on the Bandwidth tab. The process of altering bandwidth per device is known as Quality of Service (QoS).

For example, you might want to prioritize Netflix and Hulu in the evenings so you watch movies once find they are lagging because that's the same time of day when your kids are going a little too heavy on their streaming activities. Pump up the Netflix and Hulu QoS priorities to get back to the speed you enjoy. Set up your DD-WRT QoS with the reference guide here.

The process involves either prioritizing via MAC address or IP address. The MAC address method is great because it works even when a computer's IP address changes, however, it only alters prioritization if the connection begins with this hardware address. So, if traffic started anywhere other than the computer, the modified settings won't make a difference.

On the other hand, when you choose to prioritize via IP address, DD-WRT will manage ALL traffic, not just the traffic starting on the specific computer. Even when traffic starts from an external source, it is affected by your desired settings. This method forces your kid to come to you if he or she wonders why there's the suddenly reduced bandwidth.

Track Behaviors

With DD-WRT Privacy, which is free, you can browse the Internet anonymously. That means that websites are not able to pick up your kid's personal information, such as location, while he or she is online. The latest release of DD-WRT Privacy has no bandwidth limit and won't slow down your computer either.

Also, you can combine DD-WRT and a software called WallWatcher (it's Windows only, sorry to Mac users) to monitor the activity on your network. To install the software and configure your router, follow this monitoring guide. Once you activate the settings in the guide, you will be able to receive logs with meaningful URLs in them, so you can see which websites your kids have been on lately.

Top 3 Wireless Routers for DD-WRT Firmware

​Now that you've read all about DD-WRT firmware, you're likely wondering which router to get to make the best use of it. For your convenience, here are profiles on three DD-WRT compatible routers, one for every type of budget (premium, middle, and lower), including their strengths and weaknesses:

PREMIUM: Netgear Nighthawk R8000 DD-WRT 

Netgear Nighthawk Review

$419.00

Cost

4.5/5 Stars

Features

4.5/5 Stars

Editor Rating

Features

The top wireless router in our books for 2015 is the Netgear Nighthawk R8000 DD-WRT. It has a range of great features and impressive speed too, making it a powerhouse. But it will take a chunk out of your monthly budget, so that is why we give it 4.5/5 stars. It is our "premium" choice because of the high price of $419.00. It is worth the extra money, by the way.

Pros & Cons

The dual-band 802.11AC router has a sleek design. It has six external antennas, making it the first DD-WRT router with tri-band wireless or three segmented wireless bands for streaming networks. When your network experiences a ton of activity, like when the kids come home, it won't phase this router! 

The workhorse of a router has a networked USB 3.0 port, making it a great choice if you and the kids have different storage boxes. Many other routers lack this feature. Also, it offers wireless-AC up to 3200 Mbps (while many other routers are 300-1750 Mbps) and a 1 GHz (1000 MHz processor). 

The fast 3200 Mbps speed keeps your network from slowing down with the constant encryption and decryption of your data (for your family's safety). The R8000 router's security features are excellent, including double firewall protection (SPI and NAT), Wi-Fi Protected Access, and Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention.

While it is a networking beast, the Netgear Nighthawk router is a big size so it might not be for you if you don't have space or prefer a more discreet-looking router. Also, it is a significant purchase that may not fit within your budget.

MIDDLE-CLASS: Asus RT-N16 

Asus Wireless Router Review

$71.34

Cost

3.5/5 Stars

Features

4/5 Stars

Editor Rating

Features

The Asus RT-N16 router is well respected in the field of DD-WRT for being stable and reliable. It has 300 Mbps throughout, with a 2.4GHz wireless band. Enjoy four LAN Ethernet ports and one inbound Ethernet port.

Pros & Cons

With the Gigabit Ethernet of this Asus router, you can get the fast speeds you want on your devices. The router is highly versatile too so that you can customize it with your parental controls. The setup couldn't be easier, as well, with an EZ User Interface that comes with it; you'll have the router running in just three steps. It's no wonder the RT-N16 model is one of the most popular choices to flash with DD-WRT. Also, this router supports a Wi-Fi protected setup.

With DD-WRT, you can limit the speed by MAC or IP address. As well, you can see how much each IP is using within a certain time frame so that you can better track usage. You can limit the amount of bandwidth given to a certain user from a given domain. Begin to customize your router by enabling the parental controls, on the Admin page. Add clients and MAC addresses, and then edit the time management section. Once you press "Okay," your settings are live.

On the downside, there is no guest network, so that limits the network access within your control. Also, the RT-N16 slows when the distance to cover is lengthy. However, overall it has great value (it's easier on your wallet than the Netgear Nighthawk) and is a classic, dependable router overall to use for DD-WRT functions.

LOW-END: Linksys E1200 N300

linksys router review

$36.00

Cost

3.5/5 Stars

Features

4/5 Stars

Editor Rating

Features

The Linksys E1200 N300 is a popular entry-level router and has been for some time. It has great value for DD-WRT users, given its provides the basic Wi-Fi features and performs reliably at a low price range. The wireless router has 4 Ethernet ports and has maximum link rate of 300 Mbps, with 2.4GHz frequency.

Pros & Cons

Your home's wireless network is in dependable hands with the Linksys E1200 router. It has a reliable range and fast performance, which helps you implement your parental controls in a powerful way. Connect your computers and Wi-Fi devices to the router for speeds up to 300 Mbps. 

Directly connect wired devices through the four Ethernet ports and get wireless coverage throughout your home too with MIMO antenna technology. Plus, your network is protected, for you and your childrens' safety, with the N300's WPA/WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall; the security settings are customizable. Use Cisco Connect's Parental Controls on your PC or Mac to block certain sites and restrict Internet access during certain days and times.

For better or worse, depending on your perspective, the Cisco Connect software lists devices by their names, such as "iPad," on a network in the parental control device list, rather than by IP or MAC addresses. However, the router does provide two Access Restriction methods; restrictions are via MAC, IP, or IP range. Firstly, you can enable Access Restrictions by disabling the Linksys Parental Controls. Secondly, you can set up your preferred Access Restrictions feature in the router's web-based setup page.

how to apply parental controls with Your chosen dD-WRT router:


  1. One method is to set up an access schedule and a Block Services rule. This method shuts down all ports within a certain time frame for a specific IP address.
  2. The second method allows you to shut down specific devices only, rather than all technologies on the home network (unlike method one). You must do an extra step here, which is to assign an IP to each device. Go into your advanced settings on your Netgear router's control panel, select Advanced Settings, Install, and then LAN-config. Then you can set a schedule for the specific device (ex. Turn off your child's iPad at 8 pm when he should be getting ready for bed, without turning off your Netflix movie).

If the process of flashing DD-WRT on any of the three routers mentioned above seems too daunting to you, you can choose instead to purchase a pre-configured router directly from a manufacturer. It will be at an additional cost, though. On a more positive note, the router will come perfectly configured and include both warranty and service.

And... Now that you've got DD-WRT on your router, you can manage access restrictions, block websites, prioritize bandwidth, and more, by controlling your MAC address. Here's what you will need to do: 

how to set up a mAC filter on your dD-WRT router:


  1. Let's say you don't want your kids using their iPhones on your home bandwidth for a while because they did one thing or another wrong that qualifies them for this form of punishment. You can block their iPhones (or other devices) using a Media Access Control (MAC) Filter. 
  2. You will create a list of blocked devices; you can also create a list of allowed devices if you want. You will require the MAC address of the devices you want to block. Here's how to find the connected device's MAC address
  3. Once you have the MAC address of the device that you want to block, open your router's settings by typing 192.168.0.1 (or similar) in the address bar. Key in your admin username and password.
  4. Typically, you will find the MAC Address Filter page within the Advanced Tab (some routers label these tabs differently). On the menu, select the option to block (or allow) devices. 
  5. Then enter the MAC address for each device you want to block. If you don't know the address for each device, simply select its name from the active client list (if it currently connects to your network) and copy its address to the filter page. Save your settings and your kids will find their iPhones or other devices won't connect to your home's network anymore.
  6. If you don't want to fully block the devices, but only want to restrict your childrens' access on certain days or at certain times, you can set up a schedule for Internet use easily on the same admin page.

SOLUTION 2: OpenDNS Method

open dns

Another method is to use OpenDNS parental controls on your router to make your network safer and limit your childrens' time online. What many parents find effective is to use the router-provided DNS (OpenDNS) for kids' mobile devices and then manually input DNS servers for any devices on the home network that does not require any filters (such as mom's smartphone). OpenDNS works effectively for filtering domains.

At this point, you are likely thinking to yourself, "What the heck is DNS?" The acronym stands for Domain Name System. Essentially, it is like a phone book for the Internet; it contains domain names in a virtual directory and translates them into Internet Protocol or IP addresses.

NOTE: This post only discusses the free version of OpenDNS, although there are other OpenDNS options available. Our focus is limited, and the paid versions go outside of our scope.

With OpenDNS, you can configure your router such that you direct all DNS requests through their servers. Here is how:

how to get started with openDNS:


  1. Go to OpenDNS.com and create an account. OpenDNS Home is a great choice as it is free and easy to set up.
  2. Enter your basic information as required to fulfill the account creation requirements. You will then need to confirm via your provided email address.
  3. At this point, you will be taken to a screen that explains how to change your DNS for various clients and your network's access points. You can change your DNS on your router, PC, server, and mobile devices.
  4. To fully configure your router, scroll down this post to the box titled "How to Configure Your Router's DNS."

By configuring your router for basic parental controls, you can keep your clients connected to the network while keeping your kids out of trouble. This statement holds true even when there is a combination of Windows, Macs, Android and iOS devices on your home network. If your router does not have parental controls within it already, or if you want more in-depth control over your kids' Internet access than your router's built-in security and admin features allow, you can use controls via OpenDNS. You then have a robust way to block websites and services.

With OpenDNS, for example, you can web filter at the router level or assign it to individual clients (aka each of your kids). That means that you, as an adult, don't have a limited Internet experience. First though you have to create a free account through the main OpenDNS website. Here are the details:

how to configure your router's DNS:


  1. Go to your favorite browser and open up your router's configuration panel there.
  2. Next, input different DNS servers under the section that typically has the title "DNS Address." The primary DNS server for OpenDNS is 208.67.222.222, and the secondary server is 208.67.220.220.
  3. Then save your changes. The button may say "Save" or "Apply," depending on your router.
  4. Done! Now all DNS requests will router through OpenDNS. But, you still need to (1) clear your DNS resolver cache and (2) clear your web browsing history (simply Google for these instruction guides).

Once you complete this configuration, you have the ability to use the various types of parental controls discussed earlier:

lockdown devices

With the OpenDNS dashboard alone, there is not a way to filter on an individual use basis or by schedule. That being said, you can alter DNS settings on individual computers (Windows or Mac) and mobile devices (Android or iOS), to set time limits for your kids on their online activities. For instructions, see the "Configuring DNS Servers on Windows 10" box below and the three boxes that follow it.

monitor traffic

At the router level, you can configure the OpenDNS resolver (aka DNS server) addresses to send your DNS lookups to OpenDNS. You will then find the domain names queried via DNS, so you can see what sites your kids are on, in case any of them are inappropriate. It takes roughly 24 hours to start capturing information, so be patient! Once it begins to gather the info, you will be able to do so for each device on your house's network where the DNS server addresses are configured.

give bandwidth priority (use QoS)

OpenDNS handles only DNS requests. It does not monitor URLs your kids have visited, which means it will not track bandwidth used. Instead, what you can do, if you want to improve your Internet speed because the kids are hogging it, is to edit your hosts file to keep your computer from reaching certain IP addresses. For example, on OS X, there is a preference pane called Hosts (within System Preferences) that enables you to change your hosts file.

If you have a heavy traffic load at home, you can speed it up too by going into the QoS settings on your router, provided that it has this setting. ​Adjust the settings so that you prioritize web traffic rather than BitTorrent traffic, for example, particularly if your kid is heavy into iTunes downloads on his Mac while you're trying to get work done on your iPad.

Track Behaviors

OpenDNS (with your free account) does not monitor Internet activity in any way. The only time you will get a log of Internet activity is when a DNS lookup is needed. However, you can use OpenDNS' Umbrella Prosumer service instead to protect all mobile devices, regardless of where your kids are using them. 

To look up what sites your kids visit online, you must go to the router itself. Adjust settings there if you wish; just be aware though that your custom settings will only protect your kids' computers and mobile devices while they are on your home network. The settings will not apply outside of the home unless you individually configure them; see the boxes titled "Adjusting DNS Servers On An Android Device" and "Configuring An iOS Device's DNS Settings" below for related instructions.

Recommendations: OpenDNS and your router

While this method of using OpenDNS is the preferred one, it does have its disadvantages. It is an umbrella approach. Every computer and mobile device that attaches to the router must use the same settings. Also, the free version of OpenDNS does not allow you to see exactly where traffic is coming from. So, you cannot tell whether a certain website was accessed by your kid, spouse, or a friend who comes over and accesses your network.

Given these drawbacks, you may wish instead to configure individual clients in your network or change the ISP DNS server settings on both you and your spouse's computers. The benefit is that you can have specific security settings on your kids' computers or devices that do not hinder your adult experience of the Internet.

Below you will find instructions for changing DNS servers on Windows computers, Macs, and mobile devices, using OpenDNS settings:

configuring DNS servers on windows 10:


  1. Right-click your mouse on the Windows Start button and select Network Connections from the menu. Right-click on the Properties option.
  2. Double-click on Internet Protocol Version 4 to select it.
  3. On the box that opens, select "Use the following DNS server addresses." Here you will key in the IP addresses of the OpenDNS servers as follows (and then click "Save" or "Apply," depending on your router):
    • Preferred DNS server: 208.67.222.222
    • Alternate DNS server: 208.67.220.220

    changing your Mac's DNS settings:


    1. Click your mouse on the Apple menu and select System Preferences. 
    2. Double-click on the Network icon.
    3. Select a network interface; by default, your primary one is selected. If you have more than one interface (such as Ethernet in addition to Wi-Fi) for connecting to the Internet, then repeat these instructions for each one.
    4. Click Advanced and then select the DNS tab
    5. Click the "+" button and add the IP addresses of the OpenDNS servers as follows (and then click OK and Apply to save it):
      • Preferred DNS Server: 208.67.222.222
      • Alternate DNS Server: 208.67.220.220

    adjusting DNS servers on an android device:


    1. These instructions are specific to your home network; if you change wireless networks, then the settings will not apply to that new one.
    2. On the Android home menu, tap Settings.
    3. Tap Wi-Fi. Then long press on the network you currently connect to, and tap on the option titled "Modify Network." Depending on which device you have, this screen may be under the "Advanced" option instead.
    4. Change the IP Settings from DHCP to Static.
    5. Then add in DNS 1 and DNS 2 for OpenDNS as per below (before you Save your settings):
      • DNS 1: 208.67.222.222
      • DNS 2: 208.67.220.220

    configuring an iOS Device's DNS settings:


    1. On your iPad or iPhone, open the Settings app. Tap on the Wi-Fi option.
    2. Located your Wi-Fi connection from the listed networks that appear on the screen. Tap on the "i" button to the right side of it.
    3. Scroll down the DNS section and tap the numbers to the right side of DNS.
    4. For OpenDNS, you will enter these addresses (separated by a semicolon):
      • 208.67.222.222; 
      • 208.67.220.220

    SOLUTION 3: Hardware Cut-off Method

    pulling the plug on your kids network use

    Of course, you don't have to stick to the router software to enjoy parental controls. Instead, you can manipulate the hardware. You have two options here, either using a separate router or a Wi-Fi extender:

    get a second router

    You will need a second router to fulfill this strategy. Then give your kids access to that router's network only, while you and the wife keep the second one for yourself, free of limitations. Each of your kids' devices, such as their iPods and iPhones, will connect to their own network. 

    With this technique, you would then shut off the kids' router (and, therefore, their network) via the electrical outlet. If, say, you find they have been logging onto their devices after bedtime, you can put a stop to that by disconnecting the network to which the devices belong. 

    To make it a cinch to shut down the network, just connect a wireless control device to it that has a timer and/or remote control to automate the process. A great choice is the SVAT WRC101, an outdoor wireless remote control with an easy on/off switch to control your home network. It has an impressive 100-feet transmission range to your kids' mobile devices; it can pass through walls, floors, and even doors. You won't even have to leave your comfy chair in the man cave to turn off the Internet - just press a button on the remote control! 

    The plug-and-play design makes it easy to set up. Simply plug the receiver into the wall, and then plug in the device to be controlled by the receiver. That's all!

    use a wi-fi extender

    Let's say you don't want to get a second router. Instead, you can use a Wi-Fi extender, like the DHP-601AV PowerLine AV2 from D-Link. The switch starter kit offers you the option to use your home's existing electrical wiring as a dependable network. You can connect everything from computers and media players to gaming consoles onto a high-speed network. The DHP-601AV model reaches even the areas of your home that are far away from your router, all without requiring you to add extra cables.

    Don't worry about your network being slow as this particular Wi-Fi extender uses both AV2 Technology and Gigabit Ethernet. Enjoy speeds of up to 1000Mbps for activities that require a lot of bandwidth, like HD video streaming. 

    Also, this model is compact so that it won't block other wall outlet plugs; you can install the device on the bottom outlet and have room to use the outlet above. You don't have to place it right up beside your router, which is nice. The installation is a breeze too, with plug and play. Just push a button to set up your network adapter.

    With the DHP-601AV in place, you can now supervise your kids' online activities from your smartphone, no matter where they are on in the house. The Wi-Fi extender won't cancel out parental controls of your original router either. It will strengthen the Wi-Fi signal though (thumbs up).

    SOLUTION 4: Software

    Meet "mSpy":

    mSpy parental control's mission is implementing technology into parents’ everyday life to understand children’ online activity and detect the signs of cyberbullying as well as protect kids online.

    In order to protect kids online and prevent cyberbullying and other online dangers, parents can:

    • Monitor the child’s online activity:
      sites and messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, Viber, WhatsApp, Telegram, Line, Snapchat, which are widely used for cyberbullying.
    • View websites bookmarks and browsing history
    • Block sites and the most popular browsers
    • View and block apps on a child’s device
    • Monitor shared multimedia files, even the deleted ones
    • View calls, text messages as well as people behind them from a phone book
    • Track the child’s current GPS location from a parent control panel
    • Put geo-fences around safe or dangerous zones on a virtual map to follow your kid’s movements (school, grandma, auntie).
    • Get informed every time the child enters dangerous ones
    • Get a 1-page report of online activity for a particular period of time straight to a parent control panel.

    mSpy has features which help identify cyberbullying:


    1. Monitoring Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Viber, Line, Telegram to detect bullying messages
    2. Keylogger and Keywords alerts allow to view all keyboard strokes on a kid’s device. For example, “#roastme” is a new trend in cyberbullying. To get into it, kids post these words on social media asking the Internet audience to tease them. You can track those words remotely. With the Keylogger feature, you can set up specific words you want to identify on a target device. 

      Also, there are suicidal games like the Blue Whale one. The game also uses cyberbullying as the way to keep children desperate and lead them to suicide. Thus, to participate in the Blue Whale Game, kids type “#whale_findme”. If a parent finds it in time, they may prevent the child’s suicide.
    3. Blocking websites, browsers, apps, contacts from a phone book: since bullies often use sites like Ask.fm, apps like Snapchat to bully a kid, a parent can turn off this negative trigger at all. They can also find a bully in a contact book and block them as well.

    Our Recommendations

    Are you still with us? If so, you are now probably wondering which of the three methods would be best for your home. We favor number three, although there are limitations. Let us explain.

    The third method of focusing on the hardware level is the easiest of the ones we explain here. Setup for either Wi-Fi extender or the second router strategy is a cinch, and both options are simple to use. However, this way of controlling your network is obviously less refined than OpenDNS or DD-WRT. 

    We do acknowledge though that setting up DD-WRT or OpenDNS requires effort to set up and customize to your liking. It's more of a time commitment than the third option. But, once you set up DD-WRT or OpenDNS, you will find the process of monitoring traffic, tracking behavior, and other parental controls are fairly straightforward to use on a daily basis. Plus, once you have done the initial setup, making a modification or two isn't a big hassle because you are already familiar with the network's ins and outs by that point.

    Of the two router options, the OpenDNS method is easier to implement than the DD-WRT alternative. Of course, you may favor the comparatively more difficult route of DD-WRT if you want to get fine grain control over what you restrict on your network, from your keywords to websites and devices (IP or MAC address). 

    As you can tell, there are many options for parental controls, depending on your needs. Ultimately, the goal is to keep your kids safe and to ensure they make good decisions on websites, email, and social media. While we would all like to think that our children do make wise choices online, the reality is that there are many risks on the Internet that can temp them and cause harm. With the assistance of technology, and with your kids' best interests in mind, parental controls can be very advantageous.

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    The Cabidor Classic is concealed from view when you don’t want it seen and simply swings open for easy access when you want what’s inside it. Easy! See it in action in the video below.

    You won’t be giving up any floor or wall space either with the white Cabidor Classic Storage Cabinet. It is trim, measuring 70in tall by 16in wide, with a 4in depth.

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