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How to protect young minds from adult content

By 29th May 2017Nov 11th, 2021No Comments

Due to the large amounts of adult content out there, namely, 2 billion searches annually, one would think it’s impossible to protect young minds from adult content. Fear not, as there are certain preventative steps you can take to significantly reduce the chances of your child stumbling on adult content.

Set your Search engine to “Safe Mode”

For Google users, you can access this setting by going here. For Bing users, go here. If you use any other search engine, look for the settings and look for safety/ security settings. Make sure your YouTube is also set on “Safe Mode”

Use the safety tools already on your PC/phone

Windows, Apple, and Android have built in “Family mode” settings that you can adjust.

For Windows go here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-za/help/12413/microsoft-account-set-up-family-features

For Mac go here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201813

Use family safety services/ Parental controls

Parental controls allow you to set specific filters to block inappropriate content. Net Nanny is great software that allows you to block anything on any device. Make sure you install it on every device such as phones, tablets, gaming consoles, and laptops. A single software will help when it comes to monitoring

Check browser history often

There are a few phrases youth use to get around pornography filters – like “breastfeeding” and “childbirth” – and some fast-changing slang terms that filters may not have caught up with like “walking the dog,” which is a slang term for sex. If you see odd search terms, give the sites a quick look.

Restrict Social Media

Social media has had a big influence on how the youth of today access information and communicate. It is important to do checks often and makes sure all their social media accounts are set on highest privacy levels. Monitor their friends and followers and make sure it is only friends of theirs.

Scan through your child’s phone

While your younger children may not be accessing adult content, when they hit their tweens they tend to be more curious. Every so often, go through their messages and pictures on their phone to make sure they are not sharing things harmful to them.

Review the applications on their phone

Even though you may have installed parental controls, some apps may not be picked up. When you are checking your child’s phone, be sure to check new apps and see if you are comfortable with them for your child.

You are the best tool

No technical blocking solution alone is enough to protect a determined child or teen from finding adult content online. Have the “talk” on an ongoing basis with your children and spouse about the content your family finds appropriate and inappropriate; this exchange should never be a one-time conversation.

This article was inspired by our friends at SaveTNet.

 

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