Protect your child’s device by changing it’s DNS settings

As of April 24, 2020 New York City schools are closed for the rest of the school year. With so many children home using their devices more than ever, we must be proactive in protecting them

Cloudflare, a company who provides cloud based networking services has openly provided protective DNS settings for families. DNS is basically the internet telephone book. It converts web addresses to IP addresses, which is the backbone of the internet. So instead of remembering 172.217.11.14 we can type in google.com. With the Cloudflare DNS settings, you can basically interrupt the signal to any webpage, in turn protecting the device.

By setting the devices DNS entries you can block malware, and/or adult content. You can choose which one is appropriate for your child’s device. Keep in mind there are no settings to allow or deny things as Cloudflare managed the whole thing. So if a website that isn’t actually an issue is blocked, the only way to get to it would be to change the DNS settings back.

The settings needed are:
Malware blocking only:
Primary DNS: 1.1.1.2
Secondary DNS: 1.0.0.2
Malware and Adult Content:
Primary DNS 1.1.1.3
Secondary DNS 1.0.0.3

Follow the steps in the below graphic to change your settings.

How to change DNS settings on a child's iPad device