Hardware solution eliminates need to download an app to every device in the house
Many parents struggle with the fine line of being a helicopter parent versus giving their children freedom to explore the benefits of the Internet. But, they have reason to be anxious. In one study widely cited in the media, 42% of Internet users ages 10 to 17 said they viewed porn online in the past 12 months. And 66% of kids who said they saw porn online said they saw it accidentally, according to a 2007 study by the University of New Hampshire. Pornography is just one concern. There are hundreds of thousands of opportunities for children to encounter age-inappropriate content online and without help parents cannot protect them from all of it. Clean Router has developed a solution that blocks content deemed unsuitable by a child’s parents at the source.
Computers and smartphones are no longer the only devices in a home that can connect to the Internet. Game consoles, music players and appliances that are part of the Internet of Things all have web browsers and can give a child access to online content parents would prefer they were not viewing. While software and apps can block these sites on traditional devices, only Clean Router can protect every device in a home without slowing browsing and download speeds.
Clean Router is easy to use. It plugs into any modem, providing clean browsing via any Internet-enabled device that connects to the WiFi network. Parents can customize a list of keywords and phrases that the router will blacklist or greylist in addition to an existing list of content that is blocked by default. Clean Router uses IntelliFilterTM, an exclusive multilevel search technology, to continuously block unwanted content. From web addresses with specific words to images and video files tagged with words that have been red flagged, Clean Router works with every device and every operating system. And, it eliminates the possibility for a wily child to circumvent filters.
As an additional feature, Clean Router allows parents to set time-of-day restrictions by device so children cannot go online whenever they please. This feature was designed to promote family time and unplugged fun without kids complaining that their Internet time was cut short by a parent unfairly. Parents can also opt to receive a regular report about what their children are searching for online to help them stay in-touch with their children’s interest and lives when conversations seem one-ended and questions are only answered with “fine”.
“Why purchase a router that simply lets you connect to the Internet wirelessly at home when you can buy one that will also allow you to protect your children from viewing content you don’t want them to see?” said Clean Router co-founder Eric Vance. “Clean Router is the only solution available that covers any device, browser or operating system being used in a home to access the Internet and we make it easy for parents to customize filters based on their preferences and beliefs. In our opinion, not using a router with content filtering software built in like Clean Router is like letting your child play with matches, eventually there will be consequences.”
For a limited time, Clean Router is offering its basic Clean Router model, for free! The 802.11n router can support up to seven devices at speeds of 300 Mbps. The Clean Router Pro is priced at $199.99. It can support more than seven devices with speeds up to 1300 Mbps (802.11ac). Shipping costs for both routers are $9.99 and a $20 monthly service fee applies. For more information and to purchase a Clean Router, visit: www.cleanrouter.com.
About Clean Router
Clean Router was started by cofounders Spencer Thomason and Eric Vance in an effort to protect families from online content parents would prefer their children not be able to access. Using their background as software engineers, the duo created a way to build filtering software directly into a router. Both fathers, Thomason and Vance have created a suite of features for Clean Router products that empower parents to manage and safeguard their children’s Internet experience.