Last week I dropped by OpenDNS HQ in San Francisco and while I was there I had a meeting with the founder and CEO of the company, David Ulevitch. During our meeting, one of the topics that came up was parental controls. Normally, I wouldn’t be so interested in such a topic, being that I’m not a parent, but something David said intrigued me.
Basically, what it came down to was this: if you ask any parent whether they want parental controls available to them, they would say yes, however, most of the time when parental controls are accessible parents don’t use them. And why is that? Typically, it’s because one of two reasons: they either don’t want to spend the time to configure them or they themselves don’t want to be bothered by them while using the computer.