Children, Porn and Smart Phones

Children, Porn and Smart Phones

Did you know that 38 percent of kids under 18 with a cell phone have a Smartphone?   Do you feel confident that you know what your children are viewing?  If you think that you do, you just may well be wrong.   For example, have you looked at the app stores recently for the Android phones? It is overflowing with pornographic apps.  Apple has been attempting to rid the iPhone of easy and unintentional access to porn for about three years now – with varying levels of success.  Although some of the Smartphones claim to be equipped with parental controls that allow the parent to decide what their children can or cannot download or use, there are plenty of kids who find ways to “beat the system.”

Sometimes the disgusting content comes looking for your child in the form of pop-up ads, as was the case with a young Colorado child who was using a coloring app when she accidently clicked on a porn ad and got an eyeful.  Purchasing the app maybe the only way you can protect your child from this type of assault.

What about Smartphone filters?

Net Nanny is releasing filters for the Android devices the first of Feburary  and then for the iPhone and other Apple devices in March. They have free-trials available. More info here.  There’s also the free filter for iPhone that you can get at K-9 Web Protector.  There are numerous other products available to protect your child, but do your homework.  Many of them meet with mixed reviews.

We at UFI make no claim in understanding the ins and outs of Smartphone use, but we want to remind parents that protecting our children from questionable content is something that deserves our full attention.  If you readers have ideas on good filters and other suggestions on this topic, help us all by sharing.

1Comment
  • Diane
    Posted at 12:02h, 27 January Reply

    If I am letting a small child play with one, I turn off the wi-fi first. (We actually thought to do this, when our 5 year old accidently bought us a laptop.)But turning off the wi-fi will only work for young children who are playing with your phone. A big part of the problem with the filter software is a way to detect skin as opposed to clothing hasn’t been developed very well. The current filters do a search for words. If there are no words that would indicate pornography, then it doesn’t get filtered.

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