Unfortunately, there is no easy and fool-proof way to completely block adult websites on your kids’ smartphones. You get porn sites blocked by installing a third-party app, redirecting your traffic through a specific server or by preventing a phone from running web browsers altogether.
You should also be aware that blocking adult sites does not solve the problem in its entirety. Those who know how to block porn sites will tell you that even the most non-porn search string can return search engine results that include nudity, offensive language or plain porn.
This article aims at showing you how to block porn websites on the smartphone of your little ones effectively and how to prevent them from viewing explicit nudity on the Internet. A combination of two or more methods works best although you should bear in mind that there are also methods to circumvent most protections available. But let’s go to action.
The most basic way to have porn sites blocked on your children’s mobile devices is to set Google Chrome as a default search engine on all their devices. Chrome has a function called Google SafeSearch that blocks inappropriate or explicit images and video from Google Search. After you activate this option, the browser will start to block adult websites.
The good news is that Google SafeSearch is not a function of their Chrome browser but of the search engine, so you can use Google SafeSearch also with browsers such as Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox or Edge. It works also on iOS devices, you just need to select Google as a search engine in the Safari browser settings.
Google Play Store Parental Controls
You can also control what apps your kids are installing and using by taking advantage of a specific option in the Google Play Store where all apps approved by Google are stored for download. Using the option Parental Control enables you to block adult websites and apps that in turn open adult websites. This is a valid method for protecting mobile devices running Android (see the next section for iOS parental controls).
Google Play Store’s parental control works by asking for a PIN code to unlock the download and installation on any new apps or games that are inappropriate for your children. Apps and games have ratings you can use to restrict access to specific categories of apps and games. This is how Google’s built-in parental control protections work. Now, let’s take a look at how to block porn websites on iOS devices such as iPhone and iPad.
Parental Controls in iOS
Getting porn sites blocked in iOS follows the same logic as in Android.
You are doing it by going to Settings->General->Restrictions and then selecting what content your children are allowed to see.
After you open the Restrictions page, select the Allowed Content option and check the following options:
By selecting these options, you effectively allow only apps and content that are rated as suitable for children above 12 years of age with while you in fact block adult websites.
These built-in parental controls for Android and iOS mobile devices are easy to manage and get porn sites blocked but sometimes they do not offer the advanced protection some parent want. Then, you should opt for an app such as SpyMyFone, in which you can have even greater control over adult sites.
The above-mentioned measures for blocking adult websites have certain disadvantages since someone can change the device’s default browser or install apps outside the official app stores of Google and Apple, respectively.
SpyMyFone, in contrast, is able to generate instant alerts even for specific keywords your kid is entering in the search box of a web browser. You need to have SpyMyFone installed on the target device, of course.
Furthermore, you have remote access to your child’s phone and you are allowed to block or unblock specific applications remotely. Also, you can always remotely review what apps are installed on the kid’s device.
Another useful feature of SpyMyFone is that parents can set times when the device gets locked automatically, thus preventing your children from spending too much time on their mobile devices.
Using the SpyMyFone app you can check the browsing history of the device but more importantly you can check and monitor messages exchanged via WhatsUp, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, WeChat, Viber and other messaging apps. This way, you can prevent your children from getting inappropriate content over messengers or contact inappropriate persons online.
In an unlikely case when your kids try to change the SIM card on their device, SpyMyFone will send an alert to you.
Phone monitoring applications such as SpyMyFone offer a plethora of features to spy on your kids and block adult websites without the user even noticing.
You should be aware that there really is no 100-percent fool-proof protection against any online threats, so you need to be on alert and use a combination of preventive measures. For example, a factory reset of any phone will wipe out all the installed apps and measures for parental control without trace.