It’s a fact; the likelihood and possibility that children will see something inappropriate depend on what they are doing online. A simple search can lead children to content that is upsetting or confusing. This can be anything from explicit pop-up ads on a free game to videos showing children’s cartoon characters in adult situations.
Children and adults can easily access different types of content on the internet. This great opportunity of the present generation comes with a risk, though: your average child might get exposed to inappropriate content (even unintentionally).
With the advent of technology, kids are much more likely to interact with inappropriate content. When kids aren’t at home and parents aren’t aware, they frequently use smartphones and tablets to visit inappropriate websites or download potentially harmful apps.
You can easily block potentially inappropriate websites on your child’s device if they access the internet via a computer. It is as simple as adding some extensions to Google Chrome, which limit your child’s access to those sites. Things become more difficult, however, if they use a smartphone instead.
Internet access does not only expose users to inappropriate content, children who experience religious and political hatred may exhibit profoundly negative mental effects as well.
Instead of grabbing their smartphones, it would be better to eliminate those inappropriate content from their devices.
Effects of exposure to “adult content.”
The only source of sex education for a young person can be pornography if other information is unavailable.
Frequently viewing pornography and the intention behind it can contribute to sexual preoccupation, compulsive consumption, and addiction (e.g., as a way of relieving negative states). Pornography may influence attitudes and beliefs about sex, and knowledge about sexual practice.
Some of the consequences of viewing it may not be intrinsically problematic. Still, the most dominant, popular, and accessible forms contain potentially harmful messages about sex, gender, power, and pleasure.
Challenges to monitoring online activity
As your child can access the internet from nearly any mobile device, especially one connected to the internet, it is very difficult to monitor what they are viewing.
Often, your child will stumble on inappropriate sites by accident because of the apps they have downloaded to their phone or links that friends have sent them, or even because of communication between devices.
Regardless of the tools you use to monitor what your child is doing on the device and the content they can access through filters, you must prepare your child to deal with any offensive content they may encounter. Hence, understanding the different ways you can block adult content from your child’s phone becomes even more important.
What you should know
Parents are extremely concerned about their children being exposed to inappropriate adult material while surfing the web, according to a new survey by AVG Technologies.
AVG’s global survey reveals that 67% of parents share the belief that their children’s online activity has led to more frequent discussions about sex, while 89% of parents cite unintentional exposure to adult material as their top concern about their child’s online life.
The report reveals that seven in ten children (72%) who said they faced bad experiences while under lockdown say they were exposed to inappropriate and offensive material.
How To Blocking Adult websites on Android?
Method 1: Restrict Google Play
Your child will likely run into many mature apps if they use Google Play Store continuously. If you remain unaware, your child may install adult dating apps and view other sexually oriented content. So, whenever your child uses Google Play, set restrictions, so that mature apps and content are blocked.
Simply follow these steps for starting parental control in Google Play if you want to restrict explicit content.
- Visit the Play Store on Google.
- Go to the upper right corner of the screen and tap your profile icon.
Depending on your device, you can tap three horizontal lines from the upper left corner.
- Go to Settings and tap on it.
- Next, choose Parental control.
Some devices allow you to select Parental Controls after selecting the Family option.
- Toggle the Parental Controls button to the left to ensure parental controls are enabled.
- Once that is done, set a content security pin to keep your children from changing the settings.
- Then press OK.
- Select Apps & Games from the menu.
- Tap the Save button after you have specified an age restriction for your child.
You can prevent your child from accessing adult and mature content on the Google Play Store through this.
Note: It’s impossible to stop your child from seeing restricted content when they browse the Play Store. The content can be viewed, but the content cannot be downloaded. Additionally, Google Play does not offer parental control in all countries. Your teen can download mature content from sites without parental controls when you’re on vacation.
Method 2: Enable Safe Search
It’s worth mentioning, for those who aren’t aware, Google Play Store allows parents to control which apps their children can access. The feature keeps kids from discovering or downloading any adult material from the internet or Google Play Store by accident.
It’s simple to set up, and it’s as easy as opening the Google Play Store and selecting Settings > Parental Controls. A PIN will be required to enable the parental controls. The Google Chrome browser has the same functionality, and it will automatically block adult content from the web.
Method 3: Using OpenDNS
There is no better DNS service available right now than OpenDNS. It helps to enhance internet speed on Android as well as block inappropriate websites. Additionally, it blocks sites that display violent images, hate messages, and hate speeches.
There are two ways you can change your DNS IP address: download an app from the Google Play Store or manually make the changes in the Settings. The Google Play Store has many apps such as OpenDNS Updater, DNS Changer, DNS Switch, etc., so you can find one that you like. Here, we use the DNS Changer app.
Step 1: The first step is to install the DNS Changer app.
You can download and install it from the Google Play Store on your device.
Step 2: Open the app after installation.
Step 3: Once this is done, you will be presented with multiple DNS options.
Step 4: Choose OpenDNS as the DNS service.
Method 4: Using a Firewall
A firewall can also help you block websites on Android if you want to go that extra mile. Root-free firewalls are available, but most require root access. There are many top firewalls, but one says it all in its name: NoRoot Firewall. This application is pretty easy to use and navigate while requiring minimal permissions.
A domain name, IP address, or hostname can be used to create filters. It is even possible to control how apps connect. To block a website once NoRoot Firewall is installed, follow these steps:
- To access the global filters, open the app and choose Global Filters on the top right corner.
- You can select a new pre-filter by tapping the New Pre-filter option.
- If you want the website blocked on both Wi-Fi and data connections, click on both icons.
- You can block a website by entering its address.
- Press OK after selecting * on the Port tab.
- Now, you can start the application by clicking the Home tab at the bottom left.
There you have it!
However, be aware that you might not be able to use this app over LTE because IPv6 is not supported currently.
Method 5: Clean Browsing
CleanBrowsing, as its name suggests, is an Android app that blocks inappropriate sites using DNS blocking. Similar in functionality to OpenDNS, it can block adult websites from the internet.
As of yet, Google Play Store does not offer the CleanBrowsing App for some reason. For that reason, you must download the app from the website directly. However, the app is relatively straightforward and compatible with many devices.
Method 6: Parental Monitoring Apps
Having security turned on in the browser is good, but the results from it are not accurate. Thus, you need monitoring apps if you want to stop all the threats that can arise from Android phones.
Unlike the tips previously mentioned, monitoring apps do not require access to the device after they are installed, which makes them stand out from the crowd.
Apps and websites can be blocked or unblocked remotely by parents while their child is out of the house. You can also take a close look at the list of websites your child is visiting with these apps.
There is plenty of adult content on YouTube’s servers as well. Parents can monitor the YouTube videos opened by their children with these parental monitoring apps.
Observing how your child behaves or acts online is a good thing for you. They might be getting lured by bad things or bad habits. Using parental controls, and the other tricks mentioned above on your child’s phone are some of the ways to ensure that they use it responsibly.
Do not forget, though, that your most reliable tool is you. You can find it almost impossible to keep determined children or teens from finding pornography online with only a technical blocking solution. Discuss the appropriate and inappropriate content with your kids regularly; don’t view this as a one-time conversation.
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