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How to Block Porn Sites

Few things actually can worry a parent more than their children accessing pornographic material from their devices. The only thing that probably comes close is a child playing barefoot in a field filled with broken glass. Some parents think there is nothing they can do to ensure that their children do not get exposed to adult material. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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In a modern day family setting, a father will be finishing their office work on the home computer. The mother may be working on some presentation on her laptop. This means that children are left on their own to do their homework on their tablets or checking videos on their iPads. In the past children worried about having a television in their homes, but today’s children have numerous computer gadgets, complete with internet access. With over 91% of children living in a home with internet access, the parents have a hard task ensuring they are not using the internet to access adult content.

This article is dedicated to helping a few parents with the best software to use to block porn from their children’s access.
Dear parent, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your children grow up with good morals. The following parental control software will greatly aid you in controlling what your child is exposed to on the World Wide Web.

Top Paid software to Block Porn Sites

Net Nanny

Net nanny, like its name suggests, is another program that parents can use to prevent their children from watching pornography. So popular is this program that t has won numerous awards among them Gold Award from Top Ten Reviews in 2016. Among its many features, it filters web content to ensure no unwanted content reach the user. It will also send you notifications about the sites which your child has accessed. The premium parental control software can run on Windows, Apple, Android, and iOS devices.

Top 5 Free Software’s to Block Porn Sites

1.      PicBlock

This is one of the most innovative porn blocking tools. This tool uses an image and keyword detection algorithm which has an ability to detect and recognize pornographic material and blocking it. When your child is accessing a random website, PicBlock first scans the site for any pornographic content, for example, by looking for sexually explicit words on that page.

In the event that such keywords are found on that URL, this tool will promptly block that site. Better still, if no such key words are found, PicBlock will scan the pictures on that’s site, and if for instance, nude pictures are found, they will be duly blurred to protect your child. Luckily for you as a parent, you can use a password to protect this program or even launch it in silent mode with only a shortcut key launching the settings window.

PicBlock is perfect for blocking pornographic content

2.      BlockSmart

This software may seem simple in the way it works, but it is especially powerful. Anytime a user attempts to access a site that has been blocked; a red stop sign will pop up giving you the option to add the site to your list of allowed sites. You will of course not do that if it is a pornographic site.

To install this program, you will be required to create an online account. You can choose the websites you would like to block from this account. The best thing about this program is that it requires a valid password if someone wants to either exit or uninstall. Any attempt to kill the process of blocking only results in the program re-launching making it an ideal program for a parent. You may find the use of this program a bit challenging on other browsers so make sure you have Internet Explorer.

3.      Microsoft Family Safety

This free parental control software forms a part of Windows Essentials by Microsoft. This program is especially powerful because of its tight integration into windows. It offers features that are not common with other such programs. For instance, any attempt to access a blocked website will result in a “this page is blocked” message. Additionally, it gives you the option of sending an email request and communicates with you personally.

To install this program, you will need to use your Hotmail/Live/Outlook account to log in from where you will select the user account in Windows to monitor. This program offers web filtering levels, block file downloads, custom allows and block list, activity reporting, time limits, game and app restrictions. The bad news is the program‘s configuration may be an initial challenge for a basic user, but the good news is the program is free.

4.      Blue Coat K9 Web Protection

The K9 Web Protection installer may only be 1.9MB, but it brings along a variety of features. This product from Blue Coat runs on port 2572 which can scan all the URLs you (read your child) visit and depending on the rules, take the necessary actions. For instance, once someone visits a page that has been earmarked for blocking, it will load an alert page instead while also giving you the option of accessing that site if you have the password. I am assuming only you will have the password, so this will deter your child from viewing undesired content.

5.      Qustodio

Just like the name suggests, this parental control software helps you keep custody of what your child is exposed to on the internet. This program’s configurations are done online and then synced with your computer. Once you log on to the family protection portal, you will be able to configure the rules and change the settings. Some of its numerous features include blocking unknown websites, enforcing safe search, and also enabling you to set a schedule to limit what your child does on the internet.  This programs also come with a strong protection that will prevent even the most tech savvy child from tampering with the filtering and limits.

Install any of the above programs on your child’s devices to protect them from adult content.

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