Can my teen use his private VPN so I cannot monitor his screen time usage?

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Sylvie, FL
7/8/2024
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A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, creates a secure and encrypted connection over the internet, protecting online privacy and security by establishing a private network from a public internet connection.

Overall, a VPN provides an added layer of security and privacy for your online activities, making it a popular tool for both individuals and businesses concerned about cybersecurity.

Here's how it works:

  • Encryption: When you connect to a VPN server, all of your internet traffic is encrypted. This ensures that even if someone intercepts your data, they won't be able to read it without the encryption key.
  • Privacy: By masking your IP address (your unique identifier on the internet), a VPN allows you to browse the web anonymously. Websites you visit will see the VPN server's IP address instead of yours.
  • Security: VPNs are commonly used to secure connections over untrusted networks, such as public Wi-Fi hotspots. They help protect against hackers and other malicious actors who may try to intercept your data.
  • Access: VPNs can also be used to access region-restricted websites or services by connecting to a server in a different location where the content or service is available.

When utilizing Aura Parental Controls, there is a potential for a child to install a secondary VPN and override configured settings. If the child can download apps independently, ensuring the effective functionality of parental controls requires visually inspecting the child's device and manually removing any unauthorized VPNs or apps. Once any unauthorized applications are removed, establish permissions that mandate parental approval for app downloads to prevent future incidents.

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