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Jul 12, 2021
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Juliya Smith

10 Ways to Block Porn on Your Kid's Devices

The advancement of the Internet has made our life so convenient, but it has also carried many threats and dangers. There are around 1.1 billion websites on the Internet. All the websites are created for some purpose, and all the websites might not be suitable for people of all ages. Moreover, some websites contain inappropriate content, such as porn which is not suitable for children. Therefore, these days many parents are concerned about blocking inappropriate websites from their child's device.

These days the majority of the kids spend an endless hour on a digital device. They even forget that there's a real-world life outside the digital world. Yet, there is no question that digital technology has an immense effect on children's brains.

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Nowadays, kids are tech-savvy. If your kids have a digital device and Internet, he/they can access pornographic sites. Kids who are exposed to porn at an early age have adverse effects on their lives. If your kids get addicted to explicit content, they can suffer from physical, emotional, and mental health complications.

Many parents worry about what happens if their kids visit porn websites or get addicted to watching such content. Hence, with the increase in such websites, parents are more concerned about their kids. So, it has been essential for parents to monitor their kids' devices.

It has only harmful effects on a child's overall development. Therefore, it's better to take some measures to block those explicit content. As a parent, you can either monitor or block your kids' online activities. Here are the best ten ways to block porn on your kid's devices.

1) Google Safe Search

Google safe search is the most common way to block pornographic content on the web. If you enable the Google Safe Search engine, it helps to filter inappropriate content. Google safe search will block all the images, videos, or content. In addition, it helps to add an extra security level against explicit content. Not all settings guarantee 100% safe search, but it will block porn content as much as possible.

Once you enable Google Safe Search, make sure your kids only use Google as their primary search engine. To enable Google Safe Search engine, these are the steps that you need to follow:

Step 1: First, you need to go to Google search.

Step 2: Tab on the setting on the bottom right corner of then select search setting.

Step 3: Select the options to the safe search settings

Step 4: Tab on hiding explicit results, and now the safe search is activated.

2) Screen Time

Screen Time is an in-built software where you can check all the screen activities. This setting is only available on the iOS platform. Screen time helps us to monitor all the apps and web browser time activities. Use Screen time, and you can see the average time of each particular app. Check if your kid is using safari excessively and has the most average time, and take action accordingly.

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With this in-built feature, you can view if your kids are watching unsuitable content or not. So, you can block those sites through screen time. You can also add a limit to the safari app. Here are the steps to enable screen time.

Step 1: Go to the iOS setting.

Step 2: Click on the Screen time.

Step 3: Tap on the toggle button to turn it on.

Step 4: You can share your and your kid’s device by enabling the Share across Devices

Step 5: Go to the “Content & Privacy Restriction.”

Step 6: Turn the toggle button on.

If your kids try to access the mature content, they won't access the adult content. Adding passcode to the settings will not allow your kids to change the settings. You can also block mature content remotely through Apple's Family Sharing settings.

3)Using DNS

To access the Internet, every digital device needs to use DNS(Domain Name System). It will use the default DNS provided by your ISP(Internet Service Provider). It's one of the productive methods to block porn on your kid's devices. It helps to make the barrier between suitable and unsuitable content on the Internet.

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You can replace the original DNS with another DNS, which helps filter all the mature content before appearing on your kid's devices. Here are the steps to configure the DNS setting.

Step 1: First, go to mobile settings.

Step 2: Click on your WiFi

Step 3: Tab to configure DNS interface

Step 4: Select on the manual settings.

Step 5: Add the DNS server with 185.228.168.168 or you can also replace your DNS.

This IP address 185.228.168.168 will help to block all porn sites and inappropriate content and set the search engine in a safe mode.

If you are using parental control on your teens' devices, be aware that your kid can bypass parental controls like OpenDNS.

4)Family options

This is also an in-built setting of Windows and is only available in Windows. You can add your child's Microsoft account to your laptops or desktops. If your kids don't have an account, you can create it on a Microsoft account. It helps to keep kids safe from the online world.

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You can filter the content, and only appropriate content will appear online. If your kids use a laptop or desktop, the family options setting will be helpful to block any mature content. Here are the steps to set up family options.

Step 1: Click on the windows and Go to the settings.

Step 2: You will see many settings. Click on the "Accounts" option.

Step 3: In the sidebar, tap on the "family & other users"

Step 4: You will see the "Add a family member button" click that button

Step 5: Add your kids account to the settings

Step 6: Accept the invitation from your account.

Step 7: To activate the restriction mode. Tap on the "Manage family settings online."

Step 8: Go to your kid's account, and on the side of that account, you can see the more option. Scroll down to click on the "Content Restriction."

Step 9: At last, enable the web browsing setting

5)Internet Service Provider(ISP)

This is also another way to block porn on your kid's devices. This could be any ISP software or any internet service protocol. The ISP provides the Internet, which we use in our home. They can also control or filter the web browser.

For instance, some ISPs provide you with unique parental control apps where you can filter, screen time, block apps of your kid's devices. Every ISP has its unique feature, so make sure you contact your ISP to use their control app for blocking porn.

However, some of the ISP might charge you an additional fee for this additional service you are requesting.

6)Parental Control apps

You can also block harmful content through monitoring apps. There are many third-party's apps. It will give an extra security level for your kids' online or offline world. For example, parental control apps help to monitor every activity of a kid's devices.

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If your kids watch mature content, you can track their browser history and block that content remotely. There are both pros and cons to using spy apps. Please choose the best apps and install them on your kid's device or it can be done remotely and connect you and your kid's device. The two best monitoring apps are as follows.

fenced.ai

fenced.ai is the best parental control app. This app provides three solution packages for parents, schools, and businesses. The Internet is everywhere. Kids can access it from anywhere. This is a paid app. You can try it for free or can use its free version where you can have limited features. Your kids may also access pornographic content from school or home. So, this app provides some extra features to block that content.

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You can monitor your kid's web browser history through this app. Website history provides all the details of searched or watched history. For instance, the detailed browsing logs, URLs of the site, date and time of visit sites, and frequency. For students also this app can be helpful because if the student tries to browse the age-inappropriate content, you can block that content remotely.

Bark.us

This app is an award-winning parental control app. It's an essential and good parental app for the digital age. In addition, it's the best social media monitoring app. This app also provides a school monitoring solution. This app is a paid app, but you can use a one-week free trial. You can monitor all their device activities.

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If your kids browse inappropriate content, you can get an alert notification and block mature content remotely. In addition, you can manage your kid's web browser settings and set safe search settings.

7) Use Router Accessory

As you know that there is a specific age limit for every content and website you visit on the Internet. In your absence, children can view any content they want, and it is even impossible to stay right beside your kids every time they use the Internet.

To ensure that your kids are not visiting any inappropriate content in your absence, you can use router accessories like Amazon eero, Pro Mesh Network, Circle Home Plus, Gryphon, etc.

By connecting these devices with your router, you can view your kids browsing history, filter all the inappropriate contents, and stop the Internet anytime you want.

However, one drawback of using these devices is that it only monitors your kids' online activities only when connected to the router. You kids can view any content they want when using their mobile data or connected to other routers.

8) Use Feature Provided by Apple

  • The following method is only for Apple users, which you can use to block inappropriate content from your kids' device. To enable the family control feature on your IOS device, all you need to do is:
  • Go to System Preference
  • Click on Parental Control
  • Select "Create a New User Account with Parental Control" and continue.
  • Now enter your login credentials.
  • Click on the dropdown menu and select a default restriction.
  • Tap on "Create User" and go to "Web."
  • Finally, click on "Try to Limit access to the adult website" and click on "customize."
  • Now tap on the "Padlock icon" to lock all the changes you have made.

9)Google Play Restriction

This method is only applied to an android device. Kids can download inappropriate apps, games, and other adult web resources from the Google play store. Restricting Google Play on their Android devices would prohibit kids from installing software, games, and other online services that are not suitable for their age. Here are the steps to set up Google play restriction:

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Step 1: Go to your kid's Play store app.

Step 2: Tap on the three-line buttons in the sidebar

Step 3: Go to the play store settings.

Step 4: Scroll down and click on parental controls

Step 5: Switch on the parental control.

Step 6: Set up a PIN, and now for each age group, you can set restriction

10) Browser extensions

Many web browser plugins like WebFilter, WebFilter, Block sites, adult blocker, AdGuard, etc., helps to block access to adult content. It's a free browser extension for windows, iOS, Android. You can set the list category of inappropriate content, and the extension will try to block the mature content as much as possible. So your kids won't be able to access adult content.

Adding a browser extension to your kids' device is extremely easy. All you need to do is click on add extension and follow a few steps. However, if your kids are tech-savvy, then they can easily disable the browser extension.

Conclusion

On the Internet, there are many adult contents that your kids may also watch. Therefore, every parent must be aware that their kids may get addicted to mature content. It only has repercussions. So, it's better to take action earlier before it may cause some severe damage to the kid's lives.

Parents should use the above ways to block porn on their kid's devices to make their kids safe from explicit content. Make sure they are exploring the Internet for their education and research purposes. You cannot be assured that your kid cannot access porn after you block porn sites only. You need to block inappropriate content on TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media sites, as they also contain a certain amount of pornographic content.

FAQ

Is it possible to block porn in iPhones without monitoring apps?

As iPhones have many features, one of the best built-in features is Screen Time. It helps us to block any app or porn sites. Yes, it's possible to block porn on iPhones without any third-party's app. Screen Time has all the settings to block those porn sites.

Does our ISP have a safety net feature?

Majorities of the Internet Service Providers have their specific apps where users can have a safe internet experience. The term "Safety net" differs from the ISP company. Almost all the ISPs has a unique app to filter explicit content.

Is it possible to block porn from your wireless router?

Firstly, you need to have a router dashboard, and it should be protected with passwords. Go to your router dashboard login with your credentials. Reset your default router settings and change the DNS server to 208.67.222.222. It will filter all those porn sites.

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Juliya Smith

Hello, I am Juliya a mother of 2 children and a content editor at fenced.ai where I share parenting tips and guides on how to keep your child safe online.