It’s so hard to be a parent these days because of the large number of threats that children can encounter over the Internet. Nowadays, technology is part of our kids’ life because they start using computers and mobile devices right from being still infants. That’s why it is very important to know how to protect them from unwanted and dangerous content that they can find when using these devices.

In order to do this, it is very important to know how to set a porn and violence filter, to ensure that your children’s safe browsing.

Restricting browser use with a Mature Content Filter

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When browsing the Internet or just searching simple stuff on Google or Bing one can easily see sites or ads that can directly redirect them to harmful sites. If you want to protect your child’s innocence you should start searching for some solutions to stop all of that things and enjoy a cleaner Internet. So, read the following article where we gathered some ideas to help you filter the Internet.

Google Search

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Google Search is the most used search engine from the planet, having over 500 million queries per day. It’s the default search engine in Google Chrome which recently became the most downloaded and popular browser. So, Google Search is everywhere and it’s very important to know how to properly set up it in order to filter all of the unwanted sites in the results lists, like porn or violence websites.

To learn how to do this, please follow the next simple guide:

  1. Go to Google Search and click on the “Settings” button which is placed in the lower-right side of the page and a small menu will pop-up and select “Search Settings”.
  2. Be sure that the “Search results” is selected from the left menu and look into the “SafeSearch filters”.
  3. Here, check the “Filter explicit results” which will filter all sexually images and videos from results, as well as other pages that are related and might link to unwanted content.
  4. After this, just save your changes by pressing the “Save” button from the bottom of the page.

Bing Search

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Just like Google’s search engine, Microsoft created Bing Search which provides one of the best services that a user can demand. Also, it has the possibility to set a filter to its searches so that users can protect their children from sexually content when they are using computers. To do this, just read the next lines:

  1. Go to Bing Search and look after the settings button which is placed on the top right of the screen under the appearance of a cogwheel.
  2. Now, the first thing that pops-out your eyes is the SafeSearch menu. According to your preferences, you are able to choose between: Off, Moderate and Strict. While with the Moderate preference selected it will filter only images and videos, with the Strict preference it will filter in addition texts with explicit content.
  3. Save the changes and that’s all.

Unlike Google, which filters and blocks results that contain sexual content, Bing will block everything when it’s set up on the Strict preference. Basically, it will not give results at all if you search for sexual words, like sex or porn.

OpenDNS

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Another good way to block sites that may contain sexual or violent content is to create a free or a paid account on OpenDNS. It’s a good way to block even the things that cannot be seen on Internet and it’s widely used even by schools and government offices.

Basically, it works like this: after the account is created, users only have to set their settings to use OpenDNS IP addresses as the domain name server. After doing this to your router, every device that uses Internet from the entire household will be protected against unwanted content, from computers to mobile devices and game consoles.

Through parental controls, parents can choose to filter the Internet with 56 different categories, such as “social media”, “academic fraud” and more. They can block either the entire category or particular websites. Also, an easier way to do all of this is to choose from the three filtering levels: low, medium or high. While the low level blocks only adult content, the high level can also block social networks, video-sharing sites, torrents and so forth.

This service has two different account types: one that is free and other that has a price of $19.99 per year (contains extra features). Depending on your choice, this program can help a lot in the struggle against sexual and violent content over Internet.

Furthermore, it’s highly appreciated by well-known publications, like New York Times and PC World, and it’s used in over 1 from 3 US public schools in order to keep their kids away from these kind of things.

Net Nanny Parental Controls

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Net Nanny is the 1st rated parental controls software available on the market which has great reviews in some of the best publications, such as abc News, MSNBC, The New York Times and more.

The program was built to watch and regulate all your child’s interactions over the Internet. It combines a nice and user friendly interface with top parental controls in order to offer the best software. It’s designed for regular people that aren’t familiar with the latest technology having a simple installation and easy configuration.

Furthermore, the brain that does all the work is made with the help of Dynamic Contextual Analysis which continuously analysis the content, rather than just compare it with a default database like other software. Also, parents are able to choose which website categories should be blocked or websites, they can receive alerts and reporting and much more.

Users are able to set the filter to block the unwanted content or just to show a warning message every time when they are accessing a site which is considered to have sexual or violent content. Besides websites, the program can also detect and block unwanted content from messaging programs and email accounts.

The application is commercialized for all the major operating systems, Windows and Mac OSX, and for Android and iOS mobile devices. At this moment, they have some great deals for buying it, like for using the application on 3 computers at the same time, users have to pay only $49.99.

In addition, developers created a program for small and enterprises level businesses which is known as ContentProtect Security. For more information about the payment plans you should check their official site where you will find all the information you further need.

Use add-ons for your browsers

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Using an extension is also a good choice when you want to stop all the sexual content that may appear in the results list of the search engine or into different sites. Generally it’s good to have a filter installed that can work with the latest browsers, to be password protected, to have a default list with different website categories to be blocked, have a whitelist with sites that shouldn’t be blocked ever and so forth.

Here you can find a list with filter add-ons for two of the most used browsers, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox:

For Google Chrome:

  • WebFilter Pro is a cloud based filter application which offers to your family and kids a safer place to surf over the Internet.
  • Anti-Porn Pro monitories over 8 million pages in order to keep your kids aloof from sexual content.
  • Blocksi is a web filtering extension that protects users from inappropriate content.

For Mozilla Firefox:

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