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Which Sites You Should Blacklist for Your Kids

August 3, 2016
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We all visit a huge variety of websites every single day. Some try to find an answer to a question they’re concerned about while others just kill time online. It is no secret that not all of sites on the Internet are trusted and safe, especially for children. Some web pages contain inappropriate content for under-aged. If discovered, it could have an adverse impact on kids. So parents need to know how to keep their children safe online. Adding websites to the blacklist is probably the best option available to filter out objectionable content.

It is high time to discover sites you should add to the Internet blacklist for your kids right away. Some of them will surprise you!

Porn sites

kids with laptop

Source: real.com

The Internet is teeming with adult content. There is a high chance the user will stumble upon a porn site even if he doesn’t look for it deliberately. Not to mention children! The kid may click on a random photo or a link and get redirected to a porn site. It will take just a few seconds in total. Parents should be aware of such tricks in the online world. When they begin to blacklist websites, blocking porn sites should be their priority.

Gambling sites

The researches show that, on average, kids start gambling in this or that way at the age of 10. They usually follow the example of their friends or even parents. Therefore, parents should never gamble in the presence of their children. Instead, they need to discuss the subject with them, indicating that gambling is highly addictive and can ruin one’s life. Next, parents should include gambling sites to the Internet blacklists.

Dating sites

kids on dating sites

Source: blog.familytime.io

Little children typically don’t search for dating sites on the Internet. However, they can go there by accident as there are so many bright dating sites banners tempting to click on them. The child can get curious and hit a button. As to teens, many of them like seeking love on dating sites. If they are caught red-handed, parents should explain to them that it is better to date someone in real life. So, add dating sites to the blacklist.

Sites featuring violence

Children’s psyche is vulnerable. When witnessing violence (directly or indirectly), the kid gets shocked. Therefore, visiting sites that contain elements of violence can be a very traumatic experience. It relates to videos of domestic violence, violence against animals or even video games. In order to protect the kid, parents need to blacklist such websites.

Video hosting websites

When it comes to video hosting sites, YouTube is the first one that comes to mind. At first glance, it seems completely safe. But in fact, it is not quite so. If you perform a simple search, you will find out a lot of inappropriate content. But don’t rush to block YouTube entirely. Fortunately, it has got a safety mode. So, parents can easy activate a built-in content filter blacklist.

Social media

kids using a tablet

Source: theonlinemom.com

Parents should also pay particular attention to social media. Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat are good online platforms for chatting and sharing pictures. Yet, they also have some pitfalls. Parents need to be sure that their kid doesn’t disclose personal information like cell phone number, address, Social Security Number, etc. Though social networks shouldn’t be necessarily blocked, they are supposed to be under thorough parents’ surveillance. It would also be a good idea to set up the time limit for accessing social media.

Filtering the content that your kids consume is a precaution responsible parents take to protect their kids online. And guess what? It makes the Internet a way safer place for children. Furthermore, it works as an effective headache killer for parents. It is such a relief to know that your kids are shielded from insecure pages when surfing online.

Do you block sites on your kids devices? Tell us about your own experience!

Petra Lipfer
Petra Lipfer is a freelance blogger living in Orlando, Florida. She is passionate about everything concerting writing and the Internet. She is married and has two beautiful kids. She has a degree in Management and has taken several IT courses. Petra is a certified specialist in child online security. She enjoys blogging on everything concerning children, their security and parenthood in general. You can contact

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