Smart Internet Filters: How to Block Porn Sites from Children

Elena Haidukova on Jul 27, 2015

A 2010 survey by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy found that 13% of boys ages 15 to 22 said that pornography influenced their decision-making about sex. Many parents want to know how to block porn websites to limit their children's exposure to adult content. But knowing how to block websites isn't the same thing as knowing how to block porn contents. When working on kids' safety, parents need a website blocker that monitors sites children visit and knows which content to block automatically.


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It isn't just overprotective parents worrying about their children viewing porn online, but also people who host websites that contain adult content. Founder and CEO of sex education site "Make Love Not Porn" Cindy Gallop thinks there is a connection between young men watching hardcore pornography and their real-life behaviors. She told CNN she believes two factors are converging with online porn affecting teens: "today's total freedom of access to hardcore porn online meeting our society's equally total reluctance to talk openly and honestly about sex."

Children May Seek Out Pornography Deliberately

Obviously older, tech-savvy children look for porn on their phones or home computers, and it's not hard to find. It isn't just boys who do this either, though precise figures are difficult to pin down. It doesn't mean there's something "wrong" with your kids. They're naturally curious, particularly as they reach adolescence. But parents naturally want to control the types of videos kids watch on YouTube and images they see, and this can be difficult in multi-device households where children understand technology sometimes better than their parents do.

Sometimes Kids Are Exposed to Porn by Accident

Unfortunately, it's easy to be exposed to pornography without intending to be, and if you think the idea that your younger, less tech-savvy child could be accidentally exposed to porn is far-fetched, you should think again. Sometimes all it takes is a click on an ad, which is fairly easy to do by accident. And though porn sites put up landing pages declaring that no one under 18 is allowed to visit the site, first of all, kids do anyway if they want to and second, even before you reach the real content of the site, you're exposed to images you wouldn't want your young children to see.

It's Important to Talk About It in an Age-Appropriate Way
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There is simply no substitute for talking to your children about pornography, sex, and technology. And there's no one time that's the "right" time to do this. You have to couch your explanations in an age-appropriate manner. When your younger elementary-age children ask, it may be enough simply to reply kids that some websites are blocked on a family computer because they're "for grown-ups."


Older children may want more detail about why you put limits on their internet usage. Technology for blocking adult websites is great, but it's important that you talk directly to your children about why you take these steps.

Let Technology Help You To Block Websites

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Technology can help when it comes to keeping online pornography away from your children. Familoop Safeguard internet filtering software blocks porn and other types of inappropriate web content and removes inappropriate content from web search results - even if your child tries to get around it by searching in "incognito" mode. What's more, with Familoop Safeguard, you don't have to know how to block websites on each device in your household, because it can be synced across devices, so you can set it up once and be confident that inappropriate material is filtered out.

Conclusion

Millions of parents struggle with the question of how to prevent kids from being exposed to porn. They want their children to benefit from the positive and educational aspects of the web, and to enjoy terrific technologies like being able to Skype with their far-away grandparents without worrying that they'll deliberately or accidentally encounter pornography.

If you're one of those parents, Familoop Safeguard has your back. With one parental dashboard you can monitor and control the content your children are exposed to, and you can customize it to suit your rules, your children's different ages, and the different devices used in your household. Sign up for Familoop Safeguard trial to have porn blocked and make your child's online experiences positive ones.

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