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Porn When You Don’t Want It

Just when you thought you had protected your family from pornography on the computer, there’s another threat that’s potentially even more significant. The new porn highway that drives right into your family home is available via your mobile devices. Sure you can filter search engine results there as well, but what I believe are much bigger threats are social media apps like Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

While some apps like Instagram say they block “inappropriate” posts, apparently they have a very wide view of what inappropriate is for most people. Plus, in the age of the “selfie” thousands of young women are essentially turning Instagram into a personal pin-up gallery and filling their page with provocative photographs. In essence, they’re treating it like a demo reel for voyeurs.

There’s remarkably little information online about how to restrict porn on mobile devices – particularly inside apps. But I found this post that has detailed info for both Apple IOS and Android devices. Take the time to find your device, and make the changes. And post below for the community if you’ve discovered other or better sites and techniques.

The great deception is that with apps like Instagram, when you hit the “Search” tab, then scroll down to their suggestions, you can’t control what they “suggest.” Especially if you have children in the house who occasionally use your devices, or have devices of their own, this is an absolutely critical issue.  Granted, it’s one more thing that we in a digital generation have to think about that never crossed our parent’s or grandparents minds.

There’s no question that the easy access of porn via mobile devices is becoming an incredibly serious issue.

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  1. I’m in! At our New Vintage Women’s Conference, we discussed how social media and other forms of hidden porn in gaming (ie Grand Theft Auto’s blatant hardcore porn, raping women etc.) target our kids through entertainment platforms. Most moms and grandparents were shocked to know that this violent highly-sexualized content was being pushed on their kids at this level and at such early ages. Parents are not only too busy to know what’s going on with their kids, we are bombarded from all directions! Raises the question–why smartphones in hands of children? We need a Family Revival! Thanks for raising the voice of concern to us all!

  2. As a four decade youth worker who has seen the onslaught of porn devastate teens (and adults)…though older than dirt I still speak 6-8 weeks of teen camp each summer…and I tell the teens they may have to set their standards higher than their parents…and that it is stupid/asinine and more to allow a teen to have a computer with internet access in the privacy of his/her bedroom. I tell them this is NOT a teen thing; our computers at home are in “public” view….Can’t prevent it all, but can do all we can to protect our kids…and ourselves…

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