How to prevent your kids from skipping porn

avoid porn ads at home

I do not know if it will happen to you like me but, frankly, I worries that my children are bombarded with advertising of “risque” content at ages too young.

Without going any further, the other day, my daughter was looking for a video clip that the music teacher had asked them to include in a presentation they were doing when, what would not be my surprise that, out of “little eye”, I saw that in the part bottom (I was lucky, it was not fully visible and I trust you did not see it) there was a Ad of some “viagra”(Or similar) to enlarge the penis.

Worse luck had a friend than his 8 year old son and his cousin they were watching a movie on streaming when they jumped publicity asking them if they wanted to fuck with people from their locality …

Anyway, I had to do something and I couldn’t let it go any longer (it was on my to-do list and it’s time to give it a higher priority) 👍

The solution has been quick and easy (fortunately) but I have yet to optimize it both in cost and in resources used.

I have opted for install the Pi-Hole project on a Raspberry Pi (RPi from now on) of the ones I have at home (in the link you will find details, more than enough, explaining how it is done)

block advertising with a raspberrypi

And, once you have Pi-Hole working, you have two options:

  1. Change the DNS server on all mobile phones, tablets, computers, laptops, smart TVs and / or refrigerators (if necessary)
  2. Tell the router to use the RPi as the primary DNS server

Obviously (and you will have guessed it from how I painted it), the second option is the fastest, most comfortable, simple and… for which I have chosen; 192.168.0.103 being the IP of my RPi (I have trained the router so that it always assigns the same IP based on its MAC address)

configure default dns on all network devices

At the moment it works like silk, even opting to turn it off when we are not at home (for giving the RPi a break, not for the consumption that my beloved SBC has).

When it is turned off there are no problems since, as you will see in the previous screenshot, I have Google’s (8.8.8.8) set as secondary DNS server and, if the RPi does not respond, all the computers use the “always” one.

How to test Pi-Hole without a Raspberry Pi?

If you want to try the proposed solution but do not know if it is worth buying a RPi just to see if the proposal works for you, I can think of several ways (not necessarily more complex than indicated)

Among other:

  1. You can mount a virtual machine with the official version of Raspberry Pi for desktop and follow the instructions that I linked in the previous section.
  2. You can also mount Pi-Hole on your computer (here you go instructions for doing it on Debian and derivatives like Ubuntu, Linux Mint or Guadalinex himself 😏)

Future enhancements

Although I am very happy with the solution (and the control panel is a real joy) I find it bad to have the RPi on all day (not being able to use it for other purposes) when I have computers at home that are also online and much more idle. what I would like (case of the Synology NAS or the same router)

I leave it noted (for the moment the “need” has been satisfied) to improve the solution by opting for:

Anyway, for alternatives and possibilities it will not be … I will keep you informed (if you find it interesting, you know, for anything you have the comments of this post … I will be delighted to hear your opinions, advice and ideas 👍)

Conclution

Simple and efficient way to remove annoying advertisements from all existing internet connected devices at home that, as soon as I find a little more time, I hope to be able to optimize and improve (among other things, the “5 seconds of advertising” that the YouTube videos show are escaping me, but I have them “cornered” 😉)

And you…

  • How do you avoid advertising at home?
  • Are you afraid of possible scares with your children?
  • Do you know any better alternative?
  • What do you think of the proposed proposal?

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