It’s been almost a year since we first reviewed the KoalaSafe and it’s still in regular use in our household today. In case you missed the review, or are unsure of what KoalaSafe is, it is a layer 2 wireless access point and switch (also known as a “bridge”), and devices connected to the KoalaSafe are on the same network as your main router. It does not provide DHCP services but rather it is an easy-to-use family-friendly WIFI access point, which allows you to protect and manage all devices from one mobile device interface, turn off Internet access at specific times, and block inappropriate sites and apps.
While there are custom categories with commonly blocked sites already built into the KoalaSafe, parents are more than welcome to add their own. The company has released their list of the top 5 websites blocked by parents in 2016 using the KoalaSafe. To be honest, it’s a bit of a surprising list:
Tumblr.com – a popular blogging platform where you can follow news, arts, inspirational quotes, but also stumble upon racy pictures and receive messages from strangers. The content is unmonitored and age requirement is 13.
Agar.io – of all the games this one is the most blocked. It’s a simple game where you grow by eating smaller dots, but it can become very addictive and has many pop up advertisements.
Spotify.com – you have to be 18 years old to register for a Spotify account, or 13 with parental consent. It looks like most kids will have to wait until they are 18 to listen to music.
Omegle.com – video chatting with random strangers? Doesn’t lead to anything good.
Reddit.com – has a lot of great forum discussions that are sometimes led by celebrities, scholars and even our president. On the downside, it is notorious for rated R content.
What do you think about the top 5 websites blocked by parents last year using the KoalaSafe device? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.