Protect Yourself From Adult Content – Protect Your Kids From Adult Media
Imagine that your son is working on a school project with some friends in his room. He’s in high school and your only concern is that they don’t finish by dinner, right? As you head to his room to get everyone a snack, you hear some giggling. Upon entering you find your son staring at the screen in disbelief. However, when you look, they’re just working on his PowerPoint again. Knowing that something was up, you look at his web history later that night and what you find is very surprising. His son and his friends were not only working on a PowerPoint, they were also viewing mature content.
With over 1.5 billion unique users, the Internet is truly the world’s largest knowledge portal. Unfortunately, a large percentage of all Internet traffic involves visiting adult content websites. While this is appropriate for adults at certain times, we have an obligation to protect children from these images and videos. While looking at such sites is sometimes the result of a “challenge”, many times it happens unexpectedly. Often the culprit is a computer virus that sends pop-ups containing adult content to unsuspecting users. Even more dangerous, however, is when a normally safe website gets hacked and redirected to an adult site.
I remember a good number of years ago, when I was in sixth grade, I was on the Internet with the intention of looking at the weather forecast for my city. Little did I know that the site I was connecting to had been hacked earlier that day. I was directed to an ad for an adult website that had stuff I had never seen before and it freaked me out. I quickly climbed out the window and closed the browser, afraid to tell my parents what I had seen because I thought they would be upset.
This is a reality for thousands of children each year. Firewalls, while effective, do not block all sites. Additionally, firewalls often miss new sites, as the companies behind the firewalls are often more concerned about copyright infringement than adult content. To get a good night’s sleep, you need to use a program created exclusively to block adult content. This program must be powerful, quickly blocking new sites, and at the same time stealthy enough so that users’ browsing experience is not affected.