What Doesn’t Work

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Free software that is supposed to block devices doesn’t work. I tried a bunch of them and either I or one of my kids could find a way around them. If you want good internet filtering, you have to pay for it. Prove me wrong. I challenge my kids to get around blocks so I can learn and they’ve always found ways … even the blocks on school Chromebooks aren’t foolproof. Something as simple as Google Translate works as a proxy to open almost any website (hence, I block it at home…)

Device by device blocking is weak. A new device gets in the house … a friend’s phone and they want access to your WiFi, etc, and all bets are off. You may know what devices your kids have, but your kid’s friends parents probably don’t. Think you have a device locked down? Don’t bet on it. Access logs are also only so good because not everything gets logged. Networks are complicated with many, many protocols and ways to get around things. Any computer has vulnerabilities and when you have eight different devices, a kid will find the weak point on the one device like a velociraptor will find the weak point in the security fence and chase down Jeff Goldbloom. One thing I’ve learned – kids are really, really resourceful (at least my kids and it’s probably my fault but I’m okay with that). If I can find a way to get around something, they usually can too.

Computers are not locked down and the internet is designed to be open. That’s the reality. Apple is a bit better in this area. I run Linux – parental control just stinks. Google devices are the worst – Android is open. The Play store is filled with apps that, designed for it or not, can be used to get around any blocks you have. Chromebooks used to have a parental supervision mode but they discontinued it one day with no replacement – it’s just anti-Google to have “controls” on the internet I suppose.

You have to monitor what your kids are doing – look at their phone or give their phone regularly to someone who knows what they’re looking at. Keep computers out in the open where you can see the screens, etc.

Parental Controls for Screen Time

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Where to find Screen Time

Screen Time is in the Settings app on your iPhone and iPad, just above the Do Not Disturb feature.

When you tap into Screen Time, you’ll see your activity dashboard and the tools you can use to restrict your device usages

Parental Controls for Screen Time

Screen Time isn’t just for you. It’s also for your kids. It’s also for you to see how your kids are doing. Using Family Sharing, you can get a weekly report about every device in your Family Sharing family.

The weekly report will show you the same information you see in your personal weekly dashboard, including how much time they’re spending on their device, which apps they’re using the most, and the time of day they’re using their device.

Based on the information you’ve gathered from your children’s Screen Time report, you can decide whether to restrict how much time they spend on their device.

You can set up Downtime and App Limits remotely from your iPhone in the Screen Time section of your Settings app.

Similar to approving apps for use on your own device during Downtime, you can free up certain apps for your kids to use during Downtime, too.

For example, you can schedule Downtime between 5:00 PM and midnight every night on your kids’ device, but allow educational apps and text messages to come through.

From your device, you can also restrict apps, games, and content (movies, music, TV shows) based on what you consider appropriate for their age.

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How 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 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.

A simple guide to turn on SafeSearch on any device and browser can be found here.


·      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 to 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 to 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.

YouTube Ads

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 through 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.

Streaming Services

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 until you see something that allows you to keep the filth out of your home and far away from your kids.

Video games

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.

Friends/ Schoolmates

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.

 Wrap Up

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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5 Reasons to use Parental Controls

  • Parental controls help monitor your kids’ devices
  • Parental controls allow you to manage what your kids find on search engines
  • Parental controls can block certain features of games your kids can access
  • Parental controls may allow you to track your kids’ location
  • Parental controls help establish good cyber safety habits

What’s changed in parental controls

1 Viewing your kids’ device usage remotely. With new updates in iOS 12,…
2 Get an overview activity report. Check in with your kids’ device usage on a daily, weekly,…
3 Screen Time. Screen Time is partly to help you better understand your device usage,…

How to access parental controls Windows 10?

1) Click Start > Settings. 2) In Windows Settings, click Accounts. 3) In the left pane, click Family & Other People. 4) Click Add a Family Member. 5) Click Add a Child and then click The Person I Want To Add Doesn’t Have An Email Address. (If they do have an email address, type it. 6) In the Let’s Create An Account dialog… See More..

How to setup parental controls on the play store

Open the Play Store app
In the top left-hand corner, select Menu, then Settings, followed by Parental Controls
Turn “Parental Controls” On
Create a PIN
Finally, choose your filters for Apps, Games, Movies, and TV, or Music and Books

Parental Control On Mobile Devices

The increased use of mobile devices that include full-featured internet browsers and downloadable applications has created a demand for parental controls on these devices. Some examples of mobile devices that contain parental controls include cell phones, tablets, and e-readers. In November 2007, Verizon was the first carrier to offer age-appropriate content filters as well as the first to offer generic content filters, recognizing that mobile devices were used to access all manner of content from movies and music to short-code programs and websites. In June 2009, in iPhone OS 3.0, Apple was the first company to provide a built-in mechanism on mobile devices to create age brackets for users that would block unwanted applications from being downloaded to the device. In the following years, the developers of all major operating systems have presented in-built tools for parental control, including Linux,[16] Android, Windows, and even the more business-oriented platform Blackberry.[17] There are also applications that allow parents to monitor real-time conversations on their children’s phones via access to text messages, browser history, and application history. An example of one of these is TrendMicro[18]which not only offers protection from viruses but also offers parental controls to phones and tablets of almost all brands. Most of these offer the ability to add extra features to parental controls. These apps have the features mobile devices already have, but have additional features such as being able to monitor and filter texts/calls, protection while surfing the web, and denied access to specific websites. Applications of this sort have created a rising competition in their market.[19]

Mobile device software enables parents to restrict which applications their child can access while also allowing parents to monitor text messages, phone logs, MMS pictures, and other transactions occurring on their child’s mobile device; to enable parents to set time limit on the usage of mobile devices, and to track the exact location of their children as well as monitor calls and the content of texts. This software also allows parents to monitor social media accounts. Parents are able to view posts, pictures, and any interactions in real-time. Another function of this software is to keep track of bullying.[20]

Most internet providers offer no-cost filtering options to limit internet browsing options and block unsuitable content. Implementing parental controls and discussing internet safety are useful steps to protect children from inappropriate information.[21]

Although parental controls can protect children, they also come with some negative factors. Children’s anxiety may increase due to parental controls.[22]

Internet Safety

Internet safety or online safety or cyber safety or E-Safety is trying to be safe on the internet and is the knowledge of maximizing the user’s personal safety and security risks to private information and property associated with using the internet, and the self-protection from computer crime.

As the number of internet users continues to grow worldwide,[1] internets, governments and organizations have expressed concerns about the safety of children and teenagers using the Internet. Safer Internet Day is celebrated worldwide in February to raise awareness about internet safety.[2] In the UK the Get Safe Online campaign has received sponsorship from government agency Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) and major Internet companies such as Microsoft and eBay.[3]

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Personal Safety

The growth of the internet gave rise to many important services accessible to anyone with a connection. One of these important services is digital communication. While this service allowed communication with others through the internet, this also allowed communication with malicious users. While malicious users often use the internet for personal gain, this may not be limited to financial/material gain. This is especially a concern to parents and children, as children are often targets of these malicious users. Common threats to personal safety include phishing, internet scams, malware, cyberstalking, cyberbullying, online predations and sextortion.


Cyberstalking is the use of the Internet or other electronic means to stalk or harass any individual, group, or organization.[5] It may include false accusations, defamation, slander, and libel. It may also include monitoring, identity theft, threats, vandalism, solicitation for sex, or gathering information that may be used to threaten, embarrass or harass.


Cyberbullying is the use of electronic means such as instant messaging, social media, e-mail and other forms of online communication with the intent to abuse, intimidate, or overpower an individual or group. In a 2012 study of over 11,925 students in the United States, it was indicated that 23% of adolescents reported being a victim of cyber bullying, 30% of which reported experiencing suicidal behavior.[6][7]

Online predation.

Online predation is the act of engaging an underage minor into inappropriate sexual relationships through the internet. Online predators may attempt to initiate and seduce minors into relationships through the use of chat rooms or internet forums. In a sample of 216 incarcerated sexual offenders, the behavior characteristics that emerged were categorized into three groups: A) manipulative – typically a child molester; B) Opportunist – typically a rapist and C) Coercive being a mixture of both rapists and child molesters. [8]

Obscene/offensive content.

Various websites on the internet contain material that some deem offensive, distasteful or explicit, which may often be not of the user’s liking. Such websites may include internetshock siteshate speech or otherwise inflammatory content. Such content may manifest in many ways, such as pop-up ads and unsuspecting links.[9]


Sextortion, especially via the use of webcams, is a concern, especially for those who use webcams for flirting and cybersex.[10][11] Often this involves a cybercriminal posing as someone else – such as an attractive person – initiating communication of a sexual nature with the victim. The victim is then persuaded to undress in front of a webcam, and may also be persuaded to engage in sexual behaviour, such as masturbation.[12] The video is recorded by the cybercriminal, who then reveals their true intent and demands money or other services (such as more explicit images of the victim, in cases of online predation), threatening to publicly release the video and send it to family members and friends of the victim if they do not comply.[12] A video highlighting the dangers of sextortion has been released by the National Crime Agency[13] in the UK to educate people, especially given the fact that blackmail of a sexual nature may cause humiliation to a sufficient extent to cause the victim to take their own life,[11] in addition to other efforts to educate the public on the risks of sextortion.[10]

What is Parental Control?

Parental controls are features which may be included in digital television services, computer and video gamesmobile devices and software that allow parents to restrict the access of content to their children. These controls were created to assist parents in their ability to restrict certain content viewable by their children.[1] This may be content they deem inappropriate for their age, maturity level or feel is aimed more at an adult audience.[2] Parental controls fall into roughly four categories: content filters, which limit access to age inappropriate content; usage controls, which constrain the usage of these devices such as placing time-limits on usage or forbidding certain types of usage; computer usage management tools, which enforces the use of certain software; and monitoring, which can track location and activity when using the devices

Content filters were the first popular type of parental controls to limit access to Internet content. Television stations also began to introduce V-Chip technology to limit access to television content. Modern usage controls are able to restrict a range of explicit content such as explicit songs and movies. They are also able to turn devices off during specific times of the day, limiting the volume output of devices, and with GPS technology becoming affordable, it is now possible to easily locate devices such as mobile phones.

The demand for parental control methods that restrict content has increased over the decades due to the rising availability of the Internet. A 2014 ICM survey showed that almost a quarter of people under the age of 12 had been exposed to online pornography.[4] Restricting especially helps in cases when children are exposed to inappropriate content by accident. Monitoring may be effective for lessening acts of cyberbullying within the internet.[5][6] It is unclear whether parental controls will affect online harassment in children, as little is known about the role the family plays in protecting children from undesirable experiences online.[7] Psychologically, Cyberbullying could be more harmful to the victim than traditional bullying.[8]Studies done in the past have shown that about 75% of adolescents were subjected to cyberbullying.[9][10] A lack of parental controls in the household could enable kids to be a part of cyberbullying or be the victim of cyberbullying.[11][12]

Parents have access to 100% free online platforms to control the websites that their child goes on by restricting it or controlling the content that they can view

Behavioral control consists of controlling the amount of time a child spends online, or how much the child can view. Psychological control involves parents trying to influence children’s behavior.[13]

Several techniques exist for creating parental controls for blocking websites. Add-on parental control software may monitor API in order to observe applications such as a web browser or Internet chat application and to intervene according to certain criteria, such as a match in a database of banned words. Virtually all parental control software includes a password or other form of authentication to prevent unauthorized users from disabling it

Techniques involving a proxy server are also used.[14] A web browser is set to send requests for web content to the proxy server rather than directly to the web server intended. The proxy server then fetches the web page from the server on the browser’s behalf and passes on the content to the browser. Proxy servers can inspect the data being sent and received and intervene depending on various criteria relating to content of the page or the URL being requested, for example, using a database of banned words or banned URLs. The proxy method’s major disadvantage is that it requires that the client application to be configured to utilize the proxy, and if it is possible for the user to reconfigure applications to access the Internet directly rather than going through the proxy, then this control is easily bypassed. Proxy servers themselves may be used to circumvent parental controls. There are other techniques used to bypass parental controls.

The computer usage management method, unlike content filters, is focused on empowering the parents to balance the computing environment for children by regulating gaming. The main idea of these applications is to allow parents to introduce a learning component into the computing time of children, who must earn gaming time while working through educational contents.

Latelynetwork-based parental control devices have emerged. These devices working as a firewall router use packet filtering, DNS Response Policy Zone (RPZ) and Deep packet inspection (DPI) methods to block inappropriate web content. These methods have been used in commercial and governmental communication networks. Another form of these devices made for home networks has been developed. These devices plug into the home router and create a new wireless network, which is specifically designed for kids to connect to.[15]

Parental Control App

What is Parental Control App?

parental control app is an application that can be downloaded onto your child’s device, whether that’s their computer, smartphone or tablet. This app will then provide you remote access to that device, giving you the ability to control, block or manage certain features that can ensure your child’s safety and digital well-being.

What a parental control app can do will solely depend on the application you choose to use. However, there is a variety of main features that these applications will provide. For example, many apps will allow you to monitor all the internet activity that takes through the device; whether that’s their browser history, their download history, and the websites they’re visiting.

Other more professional services will also allow you to block certain applications, set up custom timers that can limit the amount of time that your child can access an app or provides you with up-to-date information on how they are using the apps.

What’s more, some applications will even allow you to track the real-time GPS location of the device, which on your child will provide you with their accurate location when they are out and about and playing with their friends. Some will also have geo-fencing features that allow you to set up grids in which the app will alert you if your child enters this space.

With the added ability to monitor all text messages, social media messages, phone calls and saved contacts, a parental control app is a must for a responsible parent in the modern age.

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