Blocking internet access

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Rupie, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. Rupie macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2012
    I am trying to restrict the use of the internet at my family home. Certain young members insist on being on social media sites, late into the night , during school nights. My router has the option for you to schedule when sites with chosen names can be accessed or not, and between what times. I just enter keywords and it works.

    This works if family members use desktops or laptops but if anyone accesses sites, I have blocked, via an app on either an iphone, itouch or ipad, it doesnt. What details would I need to have and how do these access their servers ? do they use different ports etc.

    This also begs the question of how much they access the internet, that we do knot know about and do not have any control over, but another time for that.
  2. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Some routers allow you to restrict access by time so you could totally knock them off the net. Note that this won't work for iPhones since they can use cellular data and of course if you have a neighbor with an unsecured WiFi close by they could use that.
  3. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    In homes I have visited, all chargers are kept downstairs, far away from bedrooms. All devices are charged at night, and ready to go in the morning. Problem solved.

  4. mripadmini, Jan 31, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2014

    mripadmini macrumors regular


    Aug 24, 2013
    They have grown up with social media, iPhones so whatever you decide to do they will find a way around it.
  5. ugcop macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012
    Traveling @ Warp Speed ...... USA

    I like this idea. I have fought these battles and putting the charger on my night stand with the rule the phone goes on the charger at 9PM school night and at (you pick the time) on weekends is the simple fool proof way.
  6. Rupie thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2012
    To be honest I can stop the internet access, quite easily, using most of the methods you have mentioned. I was trying to to stop storming into bedrooms taking items off teanagers, to avoid the usual rows. Except I am now intrigued by the way the apps access the internet and, as users how we can monitor and stop it, even for our selves.
  7. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    One might consider this an educational opportunity. Teenagers are capable of understanding consequence. Let them text away until the wee hours of the night. Do make sure that they get up on time and go to school regardless of how miserable they feel. Point out that a little more sleep will make them feel a whole lot better, and that it is completely under their control. They might learn something and you do not have to holler in the middle of the night.

  8. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    For a more advanced technical solution, you could use wireshark, or other network traffic snooping tool, in conduction with your router to find out what connections these particular apps use when run, and then block those IP and/or port addresses.

    But the Internet has been described as a fault-tolerant network that treats censorship as damage, and routes around it. Kids "found" internet access before their schools or homes were connected, and can still do that. So a moral/behavioral solution may be more likely to succeed than a technical one.
  9. Rupie thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2012

    Have you ever had teenage kids ??
  10. Alrescha, Feb 2, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2014
  11. nightstalkerz macrumors 6502

    May 9, 2013
    Are they using data/3g on their iPhones? That doesn't pass through your router so you can't block anything.

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