How to Block Porn on Cell Phones

Posted by Apurva on July 8, 2012 in How To

Smart phones have made cell phones are popular amongst kids. It isn’t uncommon anymore to see kids playing with cell phones while waiting for doctors appointment or playing with cell phones in the back seat of a car. These smart phones provide web browsing similar to that of a home computer at 3G or 4G speed. Monitoring cell phones usage is also very difficult for parents to monitor because they are commonly used outside the home.

Easiest way to block children from accessing porn on cell phones is to turn off the phone’s data access through your carrier. However, this may not be the best option available because it will make your smart phone a primitive cell phone, which does not have internet access – even sending and receiving email may not be possible.

How to Block Porn on Cell Phones

Each of the major carriers – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon – offer free content filtering features, but with major limitations. Most do not work over Wi-Fi, on smartphones or with prepaid plans.

If your child has a smartphone, blocking access to sites is even trickier. Android phones are even more susceptible as almost none of the parental controls work adequately on Android phones. In every case the app could easily be defeated by anyone with a basic knowledge of the Android operating system.

In case of iPhones, iPads and iPodd – there is a much better option available. You need to install the K9 Browser (free in iTunes), which provides active screening of both mature websites and search terms. Once installed, you need to turn off the Safari browser to control use of any other browser to access porn. Next, you need to delete any other browser installed, like Chrome and prevent installing any other browser application. To block installation of any other application, you need to use a passcode under Restrictions in General iPhone settings.

Your child will lose the ability to install any new apps, but they will have a safe Internet experience.

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