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Jul 21, 2014
You don’t have to go looking for pornography to find it –especially on the Internet. Explicit content is all over advertisements, social media, videos, and more.
It may seem that in order to protect your child from these outside influences, you would need to keep them in a bubble, away from the world. Realistically, that isn’t an option, but you can keep the world outside of your home.
By being aware of the ways that pornography can sneak into your home, you will be able to take preventative steps that will keep your home and child safe from such an evil addiction.
Below is a list of five subtle ways that pornography sneaks into your homes, along with five solutions to counteract them.
PornHub is one of the largest pornographic video sharing websites and they have proudly announced that half of all adult traffic is mobile.
However, they are not only targeting adults- with nearly every 12-15 year old owning a media device, they are making it easier for children to secretively view their website.
Having a filter for your family computer is smart, but be smarter than the porn industry and install filters on your phones. Net Nanny is just one software solution among hundreds that offer filters for phones.
If you and your family use Apple devices, you can access their parental control options and immediately protect your child.
Many children are similar to Justin, an innocent 11-year-old who was accidentally exposed to pornography. Although, he was only using YouTube to watch remote- controlled car videos, the promiscuous videos along the side were too enticing for his adolescent mind.
Like Justin, children are curious and easily tempted by the numerous videos advertised alongside their innocent videos.
YouTube provides its own safety mode. To enable, log in to YouTube, go to Settings (upper right corner of the browser). Select Playback (left menu). At the bottom of the screen you will see “safety mode” and be able to turn it “on” as well as “lock” it into safety mode for the browser. Once you done that, click “save” and log out.
Another option for filtering is AdBlock Plus. It turns off any related or suggested videos and filters explicit ads.
Netflix, Hulu and others openly stream erotic, mature, adult films. If your child simply scrolls through to find their favorite Disney show, they are bound to find explicit cover photos for adult videos.
Netflix recently created Netflix “For Kids.” With this update, you can create separate profiles and designate users as little kids, older kids, teens, or adults. These distinctions will notify Netflix to only provide content appropriate for indicated age groups.
For an even safer option, Amazon Fire TV is your best choice. It provides the same amount of content as Netflix and Hulu, in a safer way. Their safety feature goes a step further: parents can create different profiles, block specific apps (and any access to them), any purchases, social features, and set time limits for the types of content and what time of day.
Along with the rest of media, video games have evolved. Long gone are the days of Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. Even if your child isn’t playing a Mature-rated game or connecting with strangers via Xbox Live, they are still in danger- especially if you own Sony’s PS4. When Sony released their newest video game console, they also introduced “Playroom.” Originally, Playroom was intended for gamers to chat via webcam and share videos of games; however, it quickly became a medium for pornographic videos and other inappropriate content.
Accidental exposure (like the example above) is highly likely with video games that enable live chat or video sharing.
When purchasing a video game, use the ESRB rating system ("E for Everyone," "T for Teen," etc.), but use it wisely.
Additionally, if you do own a PS4, follow this step-by-step guide to block all streaming services on the console.
Sharing content is easier than ever before. There are numerous social networking apps and websites available for kids. Apps like Yik Yak, SnapChat, Whisper and many others, allow users to share thoughts, ideas, and pictures anonymously. This opens the doors to a community where anything and everything goes- which easily leads to sexting, and sharing other explicit content.
Net Nanny offers a solution for Android and iOS. With this product, parents can view and block/allow apps. To enable built-in parental control features on Apple products, go to Settings>General>Restrictions>Enable Restrictions > Allowed Content:Apps > and select a setting such as 12+.
Even with safety features and filtering software, it’s not possible to guarantee 100 percent safety. Remain involved in your child’s life and talk openly with the. Be aware of what your child is playing, viewing, or who they are talking to.
Visit http://www.netnanny.com/ for more information on internet safety and parental controls.