TOOLS FOR A SAFER DIGITAL WORLD.

Serving Pico, La Brea, Valley Village and Tarzana

TAG | Los Angeles is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of families by providing the tools, education, and support staff needed for today‘s rapidly-changing technology landscape.
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Securing a healthy online environment

Our highly-trained support team technicians are dedicated, hard-working, and up to date on the latest advances in technology, media, and digital filtering. We are helping to ensure a safe and healthy family online environment.

Reliable Filtering

Our trusted filters and technicians keep up with the pace of change.

Empowered Tech Use

TAG protects your devices so you feel empowered to use them.

Trusted Service

TAG technicians help determine the best setup for your lifestyle.

Community Approved

TAG services are supported by leaders of our community.

Easy and Local

Serving 4 convenient locations around the Los Angeles area.

Custom Fit

We help you find the best fit and filter for your family‘s lifestyle.

We’re proud to partner
with the following institutions

CALABASAS SHUL | KHAL ZICHRON MOSHE | OHR HACHAIM | MAKOR HACHAIM | ADAS TORAH | KHAL CHASSIDIM
LINK | ANSHEI EMES | TORAH OHR | MISHKAN TORAH | LOS ANGELES KOLLEL | KEHILLAS LEV SIMCHA
YOUNG SEPHARDIC COMMUNITY CENTER | PBM | BAIT ARON TORAH OUTREACH | MOGEN DAVID | ShaAREY zedek | BAIS TEFILA
YIHP | KEHILAS YAKOV | S.T.A.R. | YOUNG ISRAEL OF NORTHRIDGE | THE COMMUNITY SHUL | YACHAD KOLLEL | TORAT CHAIM
KOLLEL MERKAZ HATORAH | WESTWOOD BET KENESET | VALLEY VILLAGE KOLLEL | JEWISH LEARNING EXCHANGE |
OHR HAEMET | Shaarei Torah | Shaarei Torah Nessah | Nessah Educational and Cultural Center

Variety of Devices.
Unlimited Possibilities.

TAG | Los Angeles can provide recommendations featuring a wide range of products from laptops and mobile devices to MP3 players.

 

Filtering solutions
for you and your family.

Customer service is our top priority — our goal is to be able to service all users in a timely and professional manner.

From

$14099

per Device

  • Compatible With All Devices, With Some Exceptions
  • Android Compatible
  • Blacklist or Whitelist
  • Customer Support
  • Customer Does Not Hold Password
  • Skin Covering Option
  • Strong Protection Against Bypass
  • Ability to Filter Within Amazon, YouTube, and Netflix
  • Option for Temporary Access
Book Service

From

$9999

per Device

  • Only Windows PC
  • Blacklist or Whitelist
  • Customer Support
  • Multiple Users per Device
  • Customer Does Not Hold Password
  • Skin Covering Option
  • Strong Protection Against Bypass
  • Ability to Filter Within Amazon, YouTube, and Netflix
  • Strong Internet Speed
Book Service

From

$13999

per Device

  • Only Windows PC
  • Blacklist or Whitelist
  • Customer Support
  • Multiple Users per Device
  • Customer Does Not Hold Password
  • Skin Covering Option
  • Strong Protection Against Bypass
  • Ability to Filter Within Amazon, YouTube, and Netflix
  • Option for Temporary Access
Book Service
Embedded Restrictions
Devices

Only Windows PC

All with some exceptions

Only Windows PC

iPhone

Android Compatible

N/A

N/A

N/A

Price

$100/device

$140/device or $120/device for more than 2 devices

$140 for 2 devices +
$5 per additional device

No Cost

Blacklist or Whitelist
Multiple Users Per Device
Customer Support

N/A

Skin Covering Option
Ability to Filter YouTube
Allow a Temporary Access for a Specified Amount of Time
Ability to Filter Within YouTube, Amazon, and Netflix
Ease of Bypass

Strong

Strong

Strong

Strong

Only when installed by TAG with non-proxy block
Time Restrictions

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Serving Pico, La Brea, Valley Village and Tarzana

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Supported by
Community Leaders

Rabbi Dov Rosenbluth, L.M.F.T.

Rebbe & Director of Guidance, YULA Boys High School

The TAG service allows one to use technology in an appropriate fashion without the exposure to content that is antithetical to who we are as Torah Observant Jews. For parents it is particularly helpful in protecting our children from that which in five minutes can undo years of proper chinuch. We don’t allow young kids to play with fire. Equally we should not allow our teens to interface with the internet without the assistance of TAG.

Rabbi Aryeh Davidowitz

Head of School, Yeshiva Ketana Los Angeles

We all want to be the best parents, spouses and people we can be, and we try to make decisions that help us be our best. Having a local resource like TAG makes it easier for us to keep control over the technology that we interface with daily. I encourage everyone to utilize TAG.

Rabbi Yaakov Jacknis

Assistant Principal & 8th grade Rebbe, YAYOE

It is vital that every community has a TAG office for people to turn to. Keeping our homes and our children safe from the influence of the internet can only be done by having proper up to date filtering and safeguarding. The chinuch we are putting into our precious children can be torn away with just one click and the results can be devastating. 

Rabbi Dr. Dovid Fox

Director, Project Chai, the Crisis Intervention, Trauma & Bereavement Department of Chai Lifeline International

Rabbi, Hashkama Minyan of Young Israel of Hancock Park

Dayan, Batei Din of Yerushalayim

Professor, retired, adjunct graduate faculty, USC and CSPP-LA

Forensic and Clinical Psychologist

The work provided by TAG is a valuable step towards prevention and management of a rampant challenge which we, our children and our society are facing constantly. Through increasing dialogue and education, when provided by individuals who are appropriately informed, and who are stable role models for the Orthodox community, we can bring about not only healthy change, but also a gradual return to the values, standards and quality of family life among those for whom Torah is the foundation and guide. Your participation in this is a responsible, sensible and sensitive choice.

Dr. Ernest R. Katz, PhD

Clinical and Pediatric Psychologist

Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics

Children's Hospital Los Angeles and USC

As a long-time clinician in the Los Angeles Jewish community, it is critically apparent that parents, young people, and adults need guidance and direction on safely interacting with the internet. Because of the availability of inappropriate and difficult to manage content, adults, children, educators, and community leaders all need a more focused and professional response to this challenging resource now a part of our modern lives. TAG is an important addition to our community resources.

Rabbi Dr. Baruch Amiri

Clinical Psychologist, Former director of Yachad Kollel & Outreach Center 

The internet has introduced to our vulnerable children highly problematic content on a frequent basis. TAG is taking a stand and not leaving us to our own “devices”. I fully encourage everyone to utilize their services.

Simcha M. Russak, LCSW, MA

Clinician, Researcher, Author and International Speaker

Our children and teens face ever-increasing dangers when having unrestricted access to the internet—cyberbullying, cyberpredators, posting private information, exposure to pornography, falling for scams and downloading malware. As parents, we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on tuition devoted to teaching Torah and protecting our children from negative influences. Yet, the majority of our children continue to have unrestricted access to the internet. The Technology Awareness Group (TAG) offers expert advice and guidance for parents overwhelmed by the complexities of internet restriction and surveillance software. TAG’s support staff can help simplify choosing and installing internet protective software so that we as parents can again have peace of mind that our children are safe.  

Dr. Mark Levine, PhD

Psychologist

Beyond the spiritual risks of unrestricted internet use, parents and educators need to be aware of the serious potential psychological consequences that have been scientifically correlated with problematic internet use. These include the erosion of many, if not most, of the long term personality traits associated with life success, higher incidence of risky behaviors in adolescence, including substance abuse, impulsivity, diminished academic performance, and increased maladjustment in relationships. Care in parental control of internet use is therefore invaluable in raising healthy children.

Our experience with TAG was terrific. Our tech was helpful and efficient. He helped answer all of our questions and consulted us on the right setup for our family and our lifestyle. My wife and I feel empowered and protected with our new filters. We highly recommend even the most reluctant consumer to check them out, you and your family won’t regret it!

Ryan L.

Hancock Park

Getting our devices tagged was the best decision we ever made! We’ve been using stock filters and it’s been a hassle and sometimes they still don’t work how we would like them to. Our tech at TAG not only provided us with the right tools for our lifestyle but they were very helpful, friendly and consultative. We feel confident and safe knowing that we are protected and have ongoing support from TAG to help!

Larry S.

Pico-Robertson

TAG is great. They were super helpful and consultative and really helped my wife and I understand our options and select the software that best fits our family’s lifestyle. We feel protected knowing that TAG has our back and is keeping our devices safe.

I’m really thankful for Tag’s website which features all the kosher phones i can review which fits for our children. It’s a great service for us and wanted to share my appreciation.

Bill H.

Valley Village

It seems my kids know technology like the back of their hand – and I don’t. We have been pretty restrictive with allowing our kids to have phones but when the peer pressure to have a device that looks like a smart phone increased, TAG completely assisted me and my child with customizing the device to allow for the texting and apps we were comfortable with and excluding the browser and other components we were not comfortable with. It was a win for my child and a win for my wife and me.

Daniel K.

Pico

Growing up secular, my wife and I had no previous experience with an organization like TAG. As utilizers of technology we are constantly trying to incorporate responsible practices with our technology use, into our household and work, but it can be very challenging without the right tools and direction. We didn’t know what to expect when we were directed to TAG, but we have to say, it was exactly what we were looking for. Not only did they have software that fit our lifestyle and needs, but they really took a very consultative approach, helping to make things clear and easy. We highly recommend checking out TAG for anyone who is even curious about responsibly and safely using technology.

Our experience with TAG was fantastic. We feel safe and confident knowing that we and our children are protected from what is being shown on our devices.

Our experience with TAG was terrific. Our tech was helpful and efficient. He helped answer all of our questions and consulted us on the right setup for our family and our lifestyle. My wife and I feel empowered and protected with our new filters. We highly recommend even the most reluctant consumer to check them out, you and your family won’t regret it!

Ryan L.

Hancock Park

Getting our devices tagged was the best decision we ever made! We’ve been using stock filters and it’s been a hassle and sometimes they still don’t work how we would like them to. Our tech at TAG not only provided us with the right tools for our lifestyle but they were very helpful, friendly and consultative. We feel confident and safe knowing that we are protected and have ongoing support from TAG to help!

Larry S.

Pico-Robertson

TAG is great. They were super helpful and consultative and really helped my wife and I understand our options and select the software that best fits our family’s lifestyle. We feel protected knowing that TAG has our back and is keeping our devices safe.

I’m really thankful for Tag’s website which features all the kosher phones i can review which fits for our children. It’s a great service for us and wanted to share my appreciation.

Bill H.

Valley Village

It seems my kids know technology like the back of their hand – and I don’t. We have been pretty restrictive with allowing our kids to have phones but when the peer pressure to have a device that looks like a smart phone increased, TAG completely assisted me and my child with customizing the device to allow for the texting and apps we were comfortable with and excluding the browser and other components we were not comfortable with. It was a win for my child and a win for my wife and me.

Daniel K.

Pico

Growing up secular, my wife and I had no previous experience with an organization like TAG. As utilizers of technology we are constantly trying to incorporate responsible practices with our technology use, into our household and work, but it can be very challenging without the right tools and direction. We didn’t know what to expect when we were directed to TAG, but we have to say, it was exactly what we were looking for. Not only did they have software that fit our lifestyle and needs, but they really took a very consultative approach, helping to make things clear and easy. We highly recommend checking out TAG for anyone who is even curious about responsibly and safely using technology.

Our experience with TAG was fantastic. We feel safe and confident knowing that we and our children are protected from what is being shown on our devices.

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TAG aims to serve parents, educators, community leaders with information and resources. For further inquiries, contact us at tag@taglosangeles.com

Frequently Asked Questions

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What type of features does TAG offer?

TAG offers the following features to families:

  • Time restrictions.
  • White or blacklisting sites.
  • Provides an informative consultation of ins and outs of the internet.
  • Installation of real-time filters and/or parental restrictions.
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What is the difference between an embedded parental restriction and a filtering company?

There are two types of embedded parental restriction settings. One is a setting within a particular search engine or domain like Google SafeSearch or a parental filtering setting within Twitter. The second is a setting that works on the base device level, like the iPhone restrictions setting. The first type of embedded restriction is easily bypassed and never recommended by TAG. The second type can be easily bypassed unless installed properly by TAG. Additionally, not every device or domain has such features to offer. A filtering company utilizes different algorithms to further enhance the categorical filtering and secure the internet activity. The difference, for example, between allowing YouTubeKids or having a filter within YouTube like Techloq, is of great variance and TAG strongly advises the latter.

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I have a passcode to open my iPhone and a separate passcode for parental restrictions. Why do I need TAG?

Unfortunately, the ease of bypass is weak for iPhones not protected by TAG. TAG is able to install a non-proxy Gentech free block, which disables these bypass methods.

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Can I have access to Amazon and block out Amazon Prime? What about adult content on Amazon Prime?

When accessing Amazon via a browser, blocking Amazon Prime completely through Amazon’s own settings isn’t readily possible. When accessing Amazon via the app, Amazon Prime is not accessible and needs to be downloaded as a different app. There are no parental restrictions for Amazon. Setting parental restrictions within Amazon Prime is possible through the settings tab in Amazon Prime. However, it is extremely easy to bypass and one should therefore install a 3rd party filter to protect within Amazon.

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Why would a family want to block social media? What could be wrong with connecting to friends?

Honestly this question really shouldn’t be in our Q&A for contextual reasons but since it’s such a prevalent question, we decided to provide a response. Social media contains a very broad stroke of domains and interfaces. From TAG’s perspective, there are 5 main concerns with allowing children access to social media platforms:

  • It’s not physically safe. There are a host of adult predators trying to lure children and adolescents into unfortunately compromised situations.
  • The content can be very explicit and contain adult material. Due to the nature of these platforms, unfortunately the viewer is likely completely unaware of what he is opening himself up to.
  • It has the effect of setting standards of sharing which are unhealthy to a family lifestyle.
  • It can completely use up a child’s time in an abnormal manner.
  • It has shown to lead to general depression due to several psychological factors. There have been various university studies displaying this phenomenon.
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I’d like to learn more about social media platforms. How can I learn more about what these platforms consist of?

For more information, please visit https://www.commonsensemedia.org/video/what-is
and watch their one-minute videos on an array of social media platforms.

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If TAG is acting as a middle-party between the for-profit filtering company and the consumer, why can’t I go straight to the filtering company?

The end-user could definitely go straight to filtering company. TAG adds extra value in the following areas:

  • TAG directs the consumer to the best filtering company based on type of devices they have and based on type of customization they are looking for.
  • On certain devices, TAG can secure the device utilizing a no-cost-based solution with a better user experience.
  • For some hand-held devices, a filter can only be installed via a cable and desktop.
  • TAG helps consumers navigate the pros and cons of different types of filtering and domain access.
  • TAG will on-board a customer with a highly-advanced and customized fit. Experience has shown that a direct for-profit filtering company falls short on this.
  • TAG informs customers of potential bypass issues and helps ensure a safer customer experience.
  • TAG directs customers regarding purchases of preprogrammed mobile devices.
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How does the filtering work?

TAG uses two types of filters that work together simultaneously. There is a real-time filter which is blocking illicit content caught by specific factors, such as words and page categorization. The second type of filter is an additional categorical filter, which is coded based on the URL.

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Why do I need to block any categories if there is also a real-time filter?

The real-time filter will not catch any videos. Further, it cannot read images that have no wording or categorization next to them. For example, if you chose not to block any categories and end-user went to HBO’s website, they could download any of their videos.

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What kind of frustration can I expect post-installation of my filter?

The answer depends greatly on what you utilize the internet for and how you customized your filtering system. Assuming you need access to the full array of internet browsing and decided to block certain categories, you can expect annoyances during the first 5 days of usage. You will encounter certain blocked sites that you would not have expected to have been categorized as blocked. This can be caused by some sites having dual categorization. There will also be a subtle learning curve as you get acquainted with how the interface of the filtering software you chose works. However, and thankfully, the filtering companies available today are very good and within 5 days, you will have gotten a good understanding of what categories or URLs you would like to have either temporarily or permanently opened, and you will find that getting a block isn’t as great a hassle as you may have originally thought. The speed of your device can be affected based on type of device and filtering company was utilized. Your technician can advise you accordingly.

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What other problems are embedded with filtering solutions?

While this is a rare occurrence, there are some sites with certain bugs that will not allow a device with a proxy filter to access them. When TAG International is made aware of such sites, TAG works diligently to find the proper solution.

Another problem is that a device with a filter cannot access in-flight WIFI on an airplane.

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Does a filter slow down my internet? Does it excessively use up my battery?

The current filtering companies that TAG encourages are proxy filters and the end user should not experience delays of internet speed. There are exceptions for certain devices and certain filtering companies. A technician can advise in consultation. Battery usage can be expedited by specific filters. A technician can also advise in consultation how to minimize battery consumption.

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Assuming I want to shut down my browser and keep some apps, why should I purchase a preprogrammed phone from KosherCell.org or theKosherOs.com, when instead I can buy any phone and come to TAG to remove the browser and keep some apps?

KosherCell and the KosherOs are programming their phones through a different technology than TAG uses. Their phones are more secure, generally contain more apps in their offering, will save you time, and you will experience no slowing of internet use or battery consumption. TAG recommends them as the priority choice when purchasing a new phone.

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Why do you not feature on your website the Android embedded parental controls?

The Android embedded controls have proven to be easily bypassed are not suggested for use by TAG. The best filtering option for the Android is Netspark, and Gentech can also be used on the Android. However, either option will have cumbersome user experiences. The best user experience would be to remove the browser and lock specific apps you generally utilize via your Android.

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Can all devices have proper filtering installed?

Unfortunately not. Some smart cars are unfilterable and in general, a device with no hard-drive is very hard to contain a proper filter.

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What is TAG’s position on monitors? Why is a filter necessary?

TAG doesn’t believe in policing, as experience has shown that monitoring rarely works to produce the outcome that most families value. TAG believes that monitoring features can be a value for certain aged children as a supplement to a filter.

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Now that I have a filter, am I guaranteed that I will have no internet problems within my family?

Of course not; we live in 2019 and the pace of technological change is rapid. Parents need to promote excellent communication with their children, and always keep a keen eye on internet usage within the family. TAG is meant to set up proper parameters for the aforementioned statements to be effective.

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How am I supposed to get my family to agree to place a filter on our home’s internet use?

Great question. The age and habits of the children in the home are strong determinants for how to best approach filtering. Open communication is always a good approach. Also, if you are taking something away, make sure to give something else back in return; especially if it can be additional family time.

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How can I help TAG?

If you are able to commit to spending weekly time as a service tech, PLEASE let us know. We will gladly train you and put you to work. It’s certainly a great chessed. Otherwise, please consider making a donation using our donation page, and please talk about TAG to your family and friendship circle. We believe every family would greatly benefit from our services. It is our goal to make safe internet usage a social norm within our communities.

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