Do you use porn filters?


#1

I’d like to know, if you other forum members use any kind of porn blocking/filtering solution while brosing the www at home:

1: yes i do

2: no i don’t


#2

You should have a third category of ‘Not Yet’.

My oldest (g) is almost 8. My son is only 6 1/2 and the others are under 4, so I have not seen the need just yet. Our computer is in the dining room and is always viewable, so we can watch what goes on. But our kids have inadvertently entered address that take them to questionable sites. If you misspell ‘Disney’ or some other common kid destinations, you can end up at those sites. I would use one more for the accidental visits than anything else.


#3

if “not yet” is your option, i assume, that you plan to use one in the future; did you think about the question which one to take ?


#4

Porn filters give a false sense of security, if you really want to 100% filter your internet you need to disable images and videos in your internet browser except from trusted sites whcih as a added plus you can do for free.


#5

I agree with the above. And even if a program can filter all “pornography” you are still left with a great deal of so-called non-nude photos and videos.

In my mind, responsible parenting and safe search on google and the like will keep young kids from stumbling onto bad websites. When kids get older and may intentionally look for the kind of thing, get a program which e-mails you a list of all of their activities online. Or, at least tell them you have such a program. Then, they won’t be tempted to look for even questionable material, let alone downright bad stuff.


#6

Nope, the computer is in a central family area, and I often just turn of the router when we go to bed.

There is no substitute for parental supervision.


#7

Just the one on the Windows programs.

Funny story about that.....we have the one where you have to enter a password if a questionable site comes up so you can access it. If you don't enter the password, you can't see the site...

Anyway, I work on the yearbook for school. I do the online part. Usually I can do all of this from school, but over the weekend, I decided to work on some of it at home. My "inappropriate content filter" came up when I tried to load the elementary school yearbook........so these filters are not always good.

Parental supervision is infinitely better than any filter you could install on a computer.


#8

[quote="mommamia, post:6, topic:188774"]
Nope, the computer is in a central family area, and I often just turn of the router when we go to bed.

There is no substitute for parental supervision.

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I think this is the best option availible. Trust, verify after it's been abused.


#9

Yes, I do in my situation. I live alone and the temptation is always there. My sister, who lives in another state, only knows the password.

It’s true, there is no filter that blocks all inappropriate images and videos. The best backup is to place a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary next to the monitor. If a temptation ever arises, your Mother is watching. :knight2:


#10

Well done! That’s awesome of you!

It’s never been a temptation of mine-so I don’t use a filter.

Maybe I should use one for my Nintendo Gamecube though…I play that way too much! :blush:


#11

I have never needed one. :shrug: In all the years I’ve been on the internet maybe MAYBE twice I’ve had porn pop up on me. I just don’t see the need for one if you are selective about where you go and what you click on.

For Google I use moderate safe search - otherwise if I do an image search (no matter WHAT I’m searching for) I will get porn images. :rolleyes: Moderate safe search keeps the vast majority of those images out of my search results.

~Liza


#12

[quote="camerong, post:5, topic:188774"]
And even if a program can filter all "pornography" you are still left with a great deal of so-called non-nude photos and videos.
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some programs, for example safeeyes, can add the topic "lingerie" to the blocked porn sites; if you have chosen this option, sites like "victoriassecrets" are not available anymore !

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#13

No…don’t feel the need to. Our computer is in the family room, so is our laptop, normally…and the kids use them in there. My son is 17, and I trust that he is not viewing porn…largely because the computers remain in a highly trafficked part of the home. I have no concerns that my dh uses porn…so it’s a non issue for us, I guess I would say.


#14

We do not use a commercial filter/blocker.

A friend uses net nanny another uses surf control. I got a copy of their “block list” and added them all to the hosts file (pointed to local host) on the computer and restricted access to the c:\windows and all sub directories to only me. That way any attempt to access a site will only generate an “address not found/page load error” message.

But I think I am going to add “Mother’s watching” BVM picture as well! Awesome idea!


#15

We are using Safe Eyes (recommended by Consumer Reports), but my question is- If the person you are trying to protect knows more about computers than you do, are shutting off images and only allowing trusted site helpful at all?


#16

I use K-9 on the three computers my 7, 5, and 3 year old play on most of the time because they often search for games (from BigFish, Pogo etc…) and sometimes other things pop up on Goggle (even with safesearch turned on).

We don’t have it on my gaming machine nor my wife’s netbook. Primarily because she uses the netbook in the den and isn’t going to be surfing porn and since I don’t either, but could probably crack anything put on there anyway, we leave it off.

K-9 is also good about blocking possible harmful sites that aren’t just porn as well. I highly recommend it. For instance, my oldest collects these “Super Hero Squad” guys and has since he was little, he has almost all of them after many years. The only place to find the few he is lacking are some speciality gaming stores… some of those have some questionable content. Although all the computers, except the the roaming netbook, are in our office / computer room, it’s nice to know that if I’m cooking dinner or something and he is looking for “little guys” that I’m a little more safe than if I didn’t have it. Most of the time they are on the computer though, I’m in there with them. I agree that parental responsibility is the most important thing, never hurts to have a backup though for typos. A friends daughter googled “tinker bell” a few months ago, what she got back was not Disney.

And for those of you worried about your spouse because one random look at porn might be devastating or something… please realize that most new browsers will wipe all recent activity with the click of a button. The new Firefox will let you even set the amount of time you want it to wipe, like the last hour of browsing etc… so all the cookies and normal stuff is there, just the porn is gone.

If it really bothers you that someone might see something tell your spouse, then agree to get a filter, don’t rely on snooping. It will just hurt trust issues.

Joe


#17

BOTH k9webprotection.org AND www.opendns.org

Both free, both ALSO help block accidental downloading of mal-ware , trojans, viruses, etc. that windows firewall wont and that kiddos don’t yet comprehend. Sure, we keep the pc’s they use in common area, and they are cut-off from the internet automatically at 9pm till 8am.

If you’re not running anti-virus sw . . . microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/ is free and works good. You MUST have a-v if you are connected to internet.

I’m a full-time IT pro here, literally at the ‘mad-scientist’ level - I’ve been working with/designing these things for ~ 30 years . . .

If your pc is connected to the internet, round the clock, and you are not taking the actions mentioned above, odds are that hackers already have control of your pc, or will very soon.

Having my children accidentally ‘stumble’ onto a site that will irreversibly corrupt their tender young minds is not worth the chance to me - my older ones have heard that this garbage is out there so they are not ‘ignorant’ that it exists- but they didn’t have to see it first.


#18

*I’m fascinated that so many use porn filters. Hmm. We have a filter for pop ups, but that is it…and that actually stopped a lot of problems. Strange images popping up at the right hand screen, if you went to a website that talked about sex, but not in a dirty way, even. Even those sites will ‘‘trigger’’ other sites to send you pop ups…it was very strange…but that has not happened in a few years. But, I never felt the ‘‘need’’ even with a teenage son, to put porn filters on the computer…he rarely uses the computer anymore, except for school, but even a few years back, he would play an online game, the computer was in the family room where we’re all in most of the time together…so, it never seemed to be something we thought we had to do. As for my husband, I never really thought about him viewing porn, now that I think about it…not that he is above it, not that he couldn’t have a weak moment, I guess…but, I just don’t think about it. If he stumbled across something, I want to believe he would just delete it…and not stare at it…maybe I’m naive. *


#19

I probably should, but I don’t. However, the kids do not have computers in any room except for my office. Which is arranged in such a way that the a) if I am in the office it is always visible to me and b) is an open room to the main area of the house. So it would not be impossible for the kids to view porn, I know they don’t. They would almost have to collude to do so. None of them ever bother to clean up their internet history and I do an ocasional check of their history.

I also do not allow for TVs in bedrooms. One TV in our family and it is in the main living room. That’s it. If I want to watch an movie that is only proper for adults, it has to be after the kids go to bed. They can’t watch things without everyone else knowing it.

Keeping media in the open is more important.


#20

No, I have absolutely no interest in porn so I don't use one on my computer. Once my children are older and start using my machine, I will install something along the lines of Net Nanny, not just for porn but also for excessively violent material and other inappropriate stuff.


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