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blocking a website from a router thru parental control

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i called verizon (router)- they said they cannot block a website for a android device, but they can block websites for any laptops/pc.. because there is a setting on android that has to be set for the verizon router to be allowed to control if a website is to be blocked on the android through parental control. in general, they said androids browsing a little different to be able to be controlled from parental settings.. what setting might that be?
the verizon router is  GT704-WG-B
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by:Paul MacDonald
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The obvious answer is to not let the child use the Android device.  Problem solved.

If that's not an option for some reason, it would be useful to know what sort of Android device we're talking about.  Is it a phone?  Is it a tablet?

Presuming we're talking about a device using WiFi, I don't know why the router's firewall can't block the traffic, but we need more information.
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It sounds like Verizon is refering to its 3g/4g service in regards to the Android device, and if so then Verizon will not block any website, but like paulmacd said, there isnt enough information here to be able to answer your question.
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by:25112
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paul, they are phones:

 Concord Android Phone & samsung exhibit t679.. they connect to the home router thru wireless  just like the laptops .. there is a parental control module for the router.. it blocks fine for laptops, but not android..

the router is for DSL.- wired and wireless

>> I don't know why the router's firewall can't block the traffic, but we need more information.

that is why i asked verizon.. and they say it is a setting on android!!?
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by:HAVARD7979
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take a look at
http://www.amazon.com/InvisionFlux-FluxBrowser/dp/B007PGGEJI

it is the easiest.

Also you set your router to OpenDNS and they allow you to block specific sites.
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I expect the phones don't use the router for DNS, but I may be mistaken about that.

Is it a viable solution to block the phone in question from using the WiFi router?  Note that even if you stop the phone from getting to this web page via WiFi (however you do it), it won't stop the phone from accessing the web page via the cellular network.  To do that, you'd need to block the web page in the phone itself.
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by:25112
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i can get the app you are referring.. but that still leaves the old 'browser', right? i prefer it to be seamless regardless of the browser.

OPENDNS- is it a software? what exactly will it do and how is it positioned in relation to the router? thanks-
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http://www.opendns.com/support/article/75

does opendns block only available for enterprise? not home?
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