How to Block out Porn on the Internet

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It sends shivers down many parents' spines. The ease of how their young ones and teens can view pornography on their computer leads many parents to set up safeguards. Porn may be all over the Internet, but you can block much of this content with software. Be warned, however, that you can never be 100 percent certain that all inappropriate materials will be filtered out.

Things You'll Need

  • Anti-porn software
  • Router
  • Purchase and install anti-pornography software. You can perform a search at CNET.com to find reviews of specific brands of software (see Resources). Such software serves as your first and best line of defense. Be sure to update the databases frequently.

  • Take advantage of the content-filtering section on your Internet router, which regulates content from your DSL or cable modem. Some routers have website ratings and others have keywords, or both. The keywords are helpful because they will also ban kids from seeing them on chat rooms. Type in all the words or word combinations you don't want your children to view.

  • Set your Internet browser ratings to where you wish them to be. Most porn sites will give themselves a rating level (the more responsible ones at least), and it will be blocked. Or use the Windows operating system. You can go to your computer's Control Panel from the Start menu. Under User Accounts, click "Set up Parental Controls.‌" Here you can put limits in place on websites young people can view and allow them to only visit age-appropriate sites.

  • Purchase Internet accountability software as another option. This will email a parent every single URL that her computer has visited. This is the last line in blocking porn from your computer. This is especially good for smart, computer-savvy teens who could get around a filter. If they get through, or try to, a parent will find out with this type of software

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