How do I Block Inappropriate Sites on Android?
Studies have recently confirmed that there is a positive correlation between children’s exposure to pornography and aggressive behavior. Websites don’t enforce strict enough rules to block porn for children, meaning that parents need to take action to protect their children from accessing this content.
Whilst we understand that in this day and age it is difficult to stop a child from using a smartphone, you can take certain measures to block porn or any kind of adult content on their Android smartphones and/or tablets.
The BlockSite mobile app allows you to block apps and websites. You can also sync between mobile and desktop, to enhance and promote your kids’ safety everywhere online.
In order to pair your phone with the extension, open the menu, then Settings, then “Sync BlockSite.” You will then be asked to go to the BlockSite desktop extension and scan the QR code. If you don’t have the extension, you’ll need to download it from Google Chrome or Firefox.
Inappropriate Content on Social Media
The World Wide Web has provided a new way to share content with wider audiences. We’ve been gifted with Facebook™, Instagram™, and Twitter™, to name but a few, to share content and connect with people from all over the world. However, while for the majority of the time this content is full of things we choose to consume, it can often also be inappropriate, offensive or unsuitable for some audiences and age groups.
Such content might include:
While some people may deliberately search for inappropriate content, most of us would choose to avoid it but might inadvertently access or view it by typing in an incorrect web address or clicking on the wrong advertisement.
Therefore, for both adults and children, it is important to develop digital literacy skills so that we can assess the value and accuracy of the content we consume. It’s also important for children to know what they can do if they see something that offends them.
Social media has become a huge part of young adults’ social and creative lives and it provides them with many benefits – but also some risks. Talking about social media use with your children is the best way to help them avoid risks and stay safe online. You could also provide them with guidelines regarding how to use social media responsibly, respectfully and safely.
Banning or blocking social media completely often doesn’t work; however, you could limit the time your children spend on it using BlockSite. BlockSite’s ‘Work Mode’ feature allows you to block websites and apps for a specific time frame. You can control what you block and when you have access to it. You can read more about it here.
Overall, the Internet is a great place for children to find entertainment, grow and learn. However, we must ensure that they have specific boundaries, and don’t accidentally consume content that may be harmful to them. Parents need to stay digitally aware and at all times make sure they have full control over their children’s Internet consumption, to protect them from unwanted situations that may have a bad impact on these young audiences.