How to Block Internet Porn from Your Kids

As a parent of kids who are growing up in the age of the Internet, it is easy to get worried that an innocent search on a search engine can bring back some racy results. While your first instinct may be to forbid your child from using the Internet unless you are sitting right next to them every minute, there are other ways to be sure that your child is not exposed to any pornography on the Internet. One way is to always keep the computer that your child uses in a common room that is visible by others who are in the room, such as the family room. If they know that someone is watching them or that someone could walk into the room at any minute, they will be discouraged from attempting to view anything pornographic.

You could also use your computer’s settings to filter what your child can view on the Internet while they are using the computer. You can go into the control panel of most computers and set up limits to what your child can see on the Internet and what will be blocked by the filters that you set up. If you have separate user accounts for all of the members of the family, you can filter what they can see accordingly to be sure that inappropriate websites are blocked when the kids are using the computer. If you have a newer game system such as the Nintendo Wii or the PlayStation 3, there is a web browser built in so that gamers can link up online to play games. In order to limit what you kids can see on the Internet, deactivate the web browser on your game systems so that the kids cannot access inappropriate websites through the game system. There is no way to limit the user’s access to the Internet through the game system’s web browser, so it is easier to just deactivate it altogether.

There are software programs that are available for purchase that can block all websites that contain adult content from your kids and it can also generate reports on the activity on the computer while your kids are using it to see if there were any inappropriate searches or websites accessed by your kids. It is also a good idea to explain to your kids that there are appropriate ways to use the Internet and there are bad ways to use the Internet and punish them if they do not follow the guidelines that you set for them when using the Internet.

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