How to filter inappropriate content for children on the Internet

From us Beat Magazine We’ve set out some tips for you to block inappropriate content for minors on the Internet so your kids don’t have access.

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The Internet gives children and adults easy access to a wide range of content It provides many opportunities, but it also presents a significant risk that our children will access content that we deem inappropriate for them – especially so-called “adult content”.

In some cases, they research it themselves, in other cases, they inadvertently stumble upon it, through intrusive ads, wrong clicks, innocent misunderstandings, or sending inappropriate links.

Digital technology has made it much easier for children to view and access content that is rejected by parents or potentially harmful to the child. As more and more children acquire smartphones and tablets, the risk of visiting inappropriate websites or downloading potentially harmful apps increases, especially since they can do it away from home and out of sight of their parents.

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Parental nervousness in this issue is not unfounded. There are numerous studies that show a link between the use of adult content and negative outcomes for children.

Negative effects can include effects on well-being, relationships, and psychological development. Of course, adult sites are not the only inappropriate content out there, but with the toxic comments section it is probably the most widespread and harmful.

Protect children from inappropriate content

There are several ways parents can deal with this problem. There will be more extreme methods to remove the smartphone completely, but for many, especially older children, it comes with significant disadvantages.

However, there are more options and strategies that parents can use to block offensive content (such as 18+ sites or violent scenes) on children’s Android devices.

Blocked by router

CloudFlare has a DNS server to block inappropriate websites. Two years ago, DNS 1.1.1.1 was released and in a short time it became popular, being used by a growing number of people at a tremendous pace.

Important: The instructions for setting up may vary on your router. Before proceeding, check out the manufacturer’s support site for more specific details.

1. Open your web browser.

2. Type the IP address of your router and press Enter.

Quick instructions: You can find this information using Windows hotkey + R, typing cmd, clicking OK and running the ipconfig command at the command prompt. The IP address of the router will be listed in the default gateway field.

3. Log in using router username and password as required. (You will usually find this information on a sticker on your router.)

4. Open the DNS Server Settings page. Consult the router manufacturer’s support site to identify these settings However, most of the time these settings are available in the Advanced Settings section. Here are some popular home router brands for getting DNS settings:

  • Linksys: Settings > Basic configuration.
  • ASUS: WAN > Internet connection.
  • Google WiFi: Settings > Network and general > Advanced network > DNS.
  • Netgear: Internet.
  • D-Link: Manual internet connection setup.

5. In the DNS Settings section, use these IPv4 addresses:

6. Save your settings.

7. Restart your browser.

After completing the steps, restart your computer to start using the new settings

Alternatively, you can open a command prompt and run these two commands:

  • ipconfig / flushdns
  • ipconfig / renew

These commands will clear your device’s DNS Resolver cache and prompt you to renew your IPv4 settings.

It’s important to remember that if your network already uses IP version 4, you don’t need to apply IP version 6 addresses to your router. However, if you need to use IPv6 addresses, you must enter them in the IPv6 DNS configuration page. Your router

  • 2606: 4700: 4700 :: 1111
  • 2606: 4700: 4700 :: 1001

How to block on Android

Method 1: Use Google Play Restrictions

The first way to make sure your kids are safe from potentially harmful malicious content online is to turn on Google Play restrictions on their Android devices.

These can be used to prevent kids from downloading apps, games and other web resources that are not age-appropriate.

  • To do this, first select the Google Play Store icon from the list of apps on the child’s device;
  • Then open ‘SettingsYou can do this by tapping the menu sign in the top left corner of the Play Store Home screen and selecting ‘.Settings‘In the open window;
  • Rog ‘Settings‘, You have to choose’Parental control‘;
  • After tapping on it, you’re done. ‘Parental control‘, Where you can enable the feature;
  • After doing so, you will be prompted to create a PIN, which will allow you to change the parental control settings for this account. Obviously, don’t tell your child the pin code;
  • Once the PIN is set, you can set restrictions based on the age rating of the store for each category.

Method 2: Enable SafeSearch

Another easy way to block inappropriate content on Android is to enable Google’s SafeSearch feature. It’s not an airtight device, and kids looking for a way around it will probably find it, but it’s best to make sure kids don’t accidentally trip over things while browsing the web using the Google Chrome app.

  • To enable it, tap the Chrome icon in the app list;
  • Then press “Three points“In the upper right corner;
  • Then choose ‘Settings‘In a new window;
  • Select subcategory ‘Privacy‘Section’Advanced‘;
  • Active ‘Safe browsing‘In the next window.

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Method 3: Use a parental control app

This is the most complete and in many cases the best solution. Parental control software like Google Family Link gives you the ability to block inappropriate content on your child’s device and protect your child (not only from accidental discovery of adult websites, but also from intentional attempts to access that content).

Also, Google Family Link has many more tools to manage your child’s phone, but if they are not needed, they can be turned off to focus on content blocking.

A resident of Rio de Janeiro and with over 5 years of experience in newsroom and journalistic innovation projects, Matthias works as a journalist, web developer and entrepreneur. She has a degree in marketing from UniCarioca, a master’s degree in journalism from FSG and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in social media from UNEATLANTICO.

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