I’ve been hearing a few stories lately of parents holding off allowing their children access to any internet enabled devices like smart phones and mobile devices such as tablets and iPods until they are over 10 years old. It doesn’t surprise me at all, the likelihood of a child under 10 years old being exposed to violent sadistic porn is getting more and more likely and it’s quite likely to happen whilst they are at school. Many parents just don’t feel equipped to prevent it, so they just don’t allow their child to have such a device.
With “Bring Your Own Device” being encouraged in primary and high schools, and with so many kids having smart phones, schools are doing all they can to filter the internet within school grounds, but too many parents are not aware how important it is to put filters on their Wi Fi at home and on the individual devices, to protect their child and to prevent their child taking adult content to school and showing it around. Without parental controls or filters on smart phones and other mobile devices, it’s highly likely your young child will be exposed to porn and it won’t just be straight porn, it may be violent and sadistic. No amount of trying to “explain” or prepare a child for this type of porn will erase the image they have seen, and the image they may see, might be enough to torment them emotionally for years.
It’s not true to say there is nothing you can do to prevent a child seeing porn, there are many things you can do. But these safe search settings are a bit like putting a seat belt on your child, or allowing them to only swim in safe locations. It isn’t fail safe at all, and there is always a chance that your child will see porn on another child’s device. But the more parents there are, that are educated about these filters, the less likely it is that a young child will see some form of violent porn. Protecting our children on the internet really does take a village.
Safe Search Settings For Safari
You can disable Safari through Apples Parental Controls or “Restrictions” or set Safari so that it restricts adult content. You should also set up safe search on Google search that is the main default search engine for Safari. The video below shows you how to set up Google safe search on mobile safari.
To disable Safari on an Apple mobile device go to “Settings” “General” “Restrictions” and scroll to safari and set the toggle to the off position.
To set the filter adult content on Safari through Apples Restrictions (or Parental Control settings) Go to “Settings” “General” “Restrictions” and set a password to enable restrictions. Then scroll down to “Websites” settings in Restrictions click on it and set Allowed Websites to “Limit Adult Content”. Exit out of the menu to save your settings. And then exit out of settings. If you use this setting be sure to also enable google safe search as per the video, as this setting on it’s own may not restrict all Google image content.
Remember that no filters are 100% safe, sometimes adult content will get through, so always maintain supervision and give education on what your child should do if they see something adult on their devices.
The video below shows how you can set up Apple’s Safari Browser with safe search options for Google, if Safari has Google Search enabled as it’s default search engine. I also show you how to set up safe web search in the Parental Control settings, so that you can “double” lock the safe search options, and block particular websites if needed.
For Googles Safe Search on P.C Click Here
For YouTube’s Safe Search Filter Click Here
Let me know in comments if you have any questions.
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