The trend of more kids gaining access to porn sites should not surprise or even alarm you. What should alarm you is the number of parents who are doing nothing to stop this growing trend. It is not our kids who should be blamed that the search term “porn” is the sixth most searched keyword out of one hundred keywords used by kids. There are other terms you would think kids would be using, that are more geared towards kids, that rank higher than porn does. There are at least ten other keywords, all related to something sexual, that run from number four all the way up to number ninety-five. So sexually-related content is mixed all throughout kids’ internet searches. Nine out of ten kids have seen porn online, even by mistake. This can happen while they are just doing their homework. How can you put up with this? Are you going to be among the group of parents who just stand by and let it happen? Or are you going to be one of the action-oriented parents who are doing something to put a pornography block on our computers to prevent this exposure to our kids?
The best line of defense with this issue is by using some sort of internet filter or similar pornography blocking software. The choice of pornography blocking software is numerous, and all claim to be able to keep porn sites from in front of your kid’s eyes. And the newer the software, the greater the technology and therefore the greater the ability to do just that. More and more, the ability to decide what your kids see are in your hands and in your control. You get to decide what is important for your kids to gain access to, and what is harmful or unhealthy to their growing into respectable and responsible adults.
For pornography blocking software, you can take one of three possible routes to achieve what you want, and each are dependent upon your computer usage and set up. The first kind of pornography block uses its filter settings to piggyback what you have already set up on your Windows-based system, and is ideal if you have multiple users on one computer, each with their own account and login. The second pornography block is what is called “program specific” and goes after…well, it goes after a program specific approach. The third type of pornography block will be customizable and uses both of the previous two types, Windows-based, multiple-user login and program specific, in its approach. You will have to determine, based on your own set up and needs, which of the three types will best suit your situation.
You will find that one of the most common features of pornography blocking software is its ability to categorize Internet usage for site blocking purposes. You will get more categories depending on the software you purchase. Obviously, the more categories you can specify, the more effective control you will gain. Most software will use either a database built right into its software, or an online database, that contains lists of sites known for their objectionable content. The software will then compare the site you are trying to access with what is in its database, and decide whether you can pass on in or get shut out. If the site is not in the database, you should at least be able to manually allow access or not.
There is no easy, one-size-fits-all solution to the problem of blocking porn and questionable sites from your children. With the rapid growth of porn sites, it is hard to keep up with and the software you get today may not be effective next week. But, just getting a pornography blocking software is a step in the right direction. You have to admit that this is better than doing nothing at all. Now, if you can find a software program that updates itself to include the most recent additions to the world of filth and garbage, then you are truly taking action to protect your kids. We as a world look forward to seeing your responsible children when they enter the adult world, ready with healthy minds to take action to protect their kids from pornography and questionable material.