Content Filtering Based on Age

Jan 04, 2016

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The Internet can be used as a resource for homework, education, and fun.  To avoid accidental (or intentional) exposure to inappropriate material, many parents will use Internet filters; however, content filtering is not a “one size fits all.”

Net Nanny allows parents to set individual filter levels for each family member.  Five default filters based on the age of the user Net Nanny offers are offered: 

  • Child
  • Pre-teen (Tween)
  • Teen
  • Young Adult
  • Adult

Each default filter can then be further customized to block, warn, or allow users to view. These include: abortion, alcohol, anime, dating, death/gore, drugs, gambling, lingerie/swimsuits, mature, nudity, pornography, profanity, provocative, proxy, sexual health, suicide, tobacco, and weapons. 

For parents with children of different ages, it is important to be able to set various levels of filtering.  What may be appropriate for your 16 year old is not appropriate for your 7 year old.

Below is a list of recommended filter settings for each age group:

Child (ages 3-7)

Categories to block: abortion, alcohol, anime, dating, death/gore, drugs, gambling, lingerie/swimsuits, mature, nudity, pornography, profanity, provocative, proxy, sexual health, suicide, tobacco, and weapons.

Tween (ages 8-12)

Categories to block: abortion, alcohol, death/gore, drugs, gambling, mature, nudity, pornography, provocative, proxy, suicide, tobacco, and weapons.

Categories to warn: anime, dating, lingerie/swimsuits, sexual health.

Teen (Ages 13-17)

Categories to block: alcohol, drugs, gambling, mature, nudity, pornography, proxy, tobacco.

Categories to warn: abortion, death/gore, sexual health, suicide, weapons.

Categories to allow: anime, dating, lingerie/swimsuits, provocative.