There are a number of methods that websites use for getting the content you want to access. To do this, they use a URL, for example, www.intego.com. In the case of Intego, this gets you to our main website. There are of course many pages within the Intego website. To see our business products you click on the “Business Products” link on our main menu and this takes you to the page: www.intego.com/business-products. This is an individual page within the Intego website.
In Family Protector, we allow you to allow/block a top level domain (www.intego.com in the example) or a sub-page (www.intego.com/business-products in the example). We default to blocking the entire site when asking if you want to allow a web request but do provide for blocking the specific page. This is because we feel that in most cases parents are most interested in controlling access at the website level. If you consider the website for a popular men’s magazine, it is unlikely that most parents would want to allow access to some areas of that site and not others. They probably just want the entire site blocked, nevertheless, we do allow you to allow/block specific pages within a site.
However, blocking pages within a site does come with a caveat. Some websites don’t have sub-pages as described in our example, rather they construct the webpage that you ultimately see based on query strings. This is common with shopping sites for instance. Imagine you are going to a site that sells home products, www.homeproducts.com and you want to buy some towels. You would probably go this website and type “towels” into a search field. You will be presented with a page showing a variety of towels. That page is constructed by the website and the “identity” of the page includes the text you typed into the search field, that is “towels.” Family Protector does not, in the initial release, allow you to allow/block this type of sub-page. We do allow you to block www.homeproducts.com but in this example do not provide the ability to allow/block the page returned for towels (or any other product) within www.homeproducts.com.
With Family Protector we have focused on providing the simplest user interface that delivers the experience the majority of our users are looking for in a Parental Controls product without users needing to become bogged down in technical details. When it comes to websites and allowing you to control your children’s experience, we have designed the experience such that you have control over what sites your children may visit at a high level. We believe this addresses the use case for most of our users.
We feel this helps you accomplish the result you really want to achieve in the simplest way possible in most circumstances. Future versions will add the ability to provide more granular control while maintaining ease of use for the common usage case.