6 Ways to Prevent Your Kids from Watching Pornography
Every good parent sees their kids as innocent little bundles of joy – as it should be. What you might not know is that yours might be the 1 out of 10 kids who have seen porn – and this statistic is about kids under the age of 10.
In fact, children in the 7th grade age range (12 – 13-year olds) have a 10% chance of getting addicted to pornographic content at such a young age.
Surely, this changes the dynamics of things.
This is not a good time to panic, but it is as good enough a time to make some changes to protect your kids. Here’s how you can do that.
Use Google SafeSearch
Google has launched a new SafeSearch feature to work with its search engine offering – and you might have guessed what it does already.
The thing with SafeSearch is that you need access to not only the devices your kids are using to access the internet, but the browsers that they are using too. A safe bet will be to turn on this feature across all the devices and browsers that they have access to.
· Google is the largest search engine, and thus a great way to keep your kids out of a lot of poor search results
· As a big company, you can trust their algorithm to do a lot of good
· As with any other algorithm, the SafeSearch might miss some pretty damaging content
Plug the internet connection
Another way to manage the searches your kids make on their devices is to regulate your internet network from the source. This is as simple as getting a router that allows you filter certain webpages and restrict your kids from accessing certain websites on the internet.
A simple search for these kinds of routers will yield a ton of results that you can make a selection from.
· Allows you keep your kids in the safe internet sphere
· You can always be sure your kid is not seeing anything they shouldn’t be on the internet when they are in your home
· A lot of the routers that fall into this category are pricey
· You might have to trade ultra-fast connection for the convenience of keeping your kids locked out of certain websites
· Speaking of locked out, your devices will also be monitored on the network. That means restricted access to some content you might need to access too. This might be too much of a burden, unless your kid uses your device to access the internet
· This technique stops working the moment your kid steps out of your home/ connects to another internet network.
Young people are particularly attracted to YouTube, mainly because of the ton of content on the service. That also makes it a suitable place for pornographic content distributors to place their ads for the best conversion.
Even though YouTube has signed off against these kinds of ads, the creators of such ads have gotten better at gaming the system. Thus, it is not surprising that it does happen that a video or two will slip though the fingers of the amazing algorithm supposed to filter them out.
A great option to fight against such ads and related ads is the AdBlock Plus (for Google Chrome browsers). Trusted by more than 10 million people, this service is known to not only remove the related videos section, but also remove ads that could contain content of questionable intent.
Many households have started to cut the cable, and yours might be one of them. That means you have made the move to streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, SlingTV and the likes.
The first thing to do would be to unsubscribe to services/ channels where pornographic content might be distributed. This ensures no one can get such streams on their devices – either intentionally or by accident.
An additional measure would be to look into the parental controls on all of these streaming services. The good news is that they all seem to have this feature – although to varying levels.
Play around with the options till you see something that allows you keep the filth out of your home and far away from your kids.
Many parents seem to focus more on their kids being exposed to pornography from other sources that they seem to forget how much video games are into it too. When getting your kid that latest games, check the rating to see if it is age appropriate.
Even after that, exercise caution. Nothing stops you from checking reviews online or watching some gameplay on YouTube to see what the game is about.
Likewise, take some time out to play the game with your kid, or sit with them as they play. That will give you a lot of insight into whether or not they should be around that kind of content at all.
This is a pretty tricky one.
You cannot apply a parental filter to your kids’ friends, neither can you lock them up from interacting with schoolmates. This makes keeping your kids away from this source of exposure a challenge.
Fortunately, it’s not impossible.
Teach your kids the right morals and let them know that it is right to walk away from an uncomfortable situation. They should know what is right to what is wrong, and that will help them make the choice for themselves.
The bottom line is, you just have to trust them on this one.
While there is no sure-fire way to ensure your kid doesn’t come across pornography, the methods above will lessen their chances of being exposed to such content.
In the meantime, have the talk with your kids in any way you deem fit, letting them know what is appropriate to look at, and what’s not. That way, they will not let their curiosity get the best of them should they accidentally stumble on something similar when surfing the web.
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