Porn blockers

By Jonathan Stromberg

Internet pornography is big business with over 1 million pornographic web sites playing to 75 million adults and 25 million children online.

Though a valuable information resource, the Internet has led to a huge increase in the amount of porn available to the lay person. Currently, there are millions of porn web sites on the Internet, and this number is growing every day. It is essentially the fastest, cheapest and most anonymous pornography outlet available. Only certain commercial sites require a credit card to enter, and worst if all, many sites are entered into unintentionally.

Unlike in the past, when porn had to be sought out in order to find it, Internet pornography can be stumbled upon accidentally. Such an occurrence is in fact very frequent amongst people who surf the web. Studies done by the London School of Economics show that nine out of ten children between the ages of 8 and 16 have accessed pornography on the Internet. In most cases, these sites were stumbled upon while searching for information that was homework related.

The study concluded that using the Internet with a porn blocker is a responsibility for parents whose children use the Internet.

In another study by, The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Study (March 2005), it was shown that among the 95% of all 15-17 year-olds who have ever gone online, seventy percent have accidentally stumbled across pornography, and 23% "very" or "somewhat" often. Out of these 45% said that they were "very" or "somewhat" upset by what they saw.

The most dangerous aspect of the Internet is its use by pedophiles. Child molesters and predators use the Internet to pose as youngsters themselves to communicate with other children, expose them to pornography and arrange to meet them in person. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found that one in five children age 10-17 who regularly use the Internet have received a sexual solicitation while online. One in four were unwillingly exposed to images of naked people or people having sex. Porn blockers are essential in protecting our children from such predators.

There are ways to combat these problems and protect our families. The National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families believes it is important for people to be educated on Internet safety issues and ways to deal with the problems. Education and parental involvement is vital, but the use of porn blocker technology to monitor, block or filter content is extremely helpful. Nowadays such Internet filtering and monitoring programs are a vital part of any home computer's software package.

Monitoring your child's Internet use. Parental control program The porn blocker program iProtectYou has been a big seller in the Internet filter market since it was released in 2001. iProtectYou offers you a host of flexible features that helps you manage the level of Internet access that's appropriate for your family. Sites can be filtered, blocked or allowed based on specific categories that you can select.

The porn blocker iProtectYou gives users several methods of control over what their children can view on the Internet:

    Porn block by word filtering - You can prevent access to websites containing vulgar or explicit words or phrases. These settings can be at any time changed at your discretion. In order to increase the effectiveness of the program, you have the option of using words from a pre-made list, or you can define your own.

    Porn block by URL (address) filtering - You can prevent access to individual websites based on their URL (address). iProtectYou gives you complete control over this filter's settings. You can also choose to block web sites using iProtectYou's in-built list of bad sites, as described below.

    Porn block by using the the bad site list - This comprehensive and ever changing list is made up of over thousands websites on the Internet that contain undesirable content such as pornography. If the parent wants to block a particular website not found in the list, he can do this by using the URL (Address) filtering, as mentioned above.
Whilst offering so many advantages to concerned parents, iProtectYou's advanced porn blocking capabilities do not mean that desirable sites are simultaneously filtered out of use.

A study by The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Study, March 2005 found that adolescentsí access to sexual and reproductive health information is minimally affected by standard porn blocker software. For example, only 5% of online health information was filtered out by porn blocker software when installed at moderate settings while blocking over 90% of pornographic content.

Out of all the porn blockers, with iProtectYou this ratio is even more favorable. It offers you the maximum amount of protection, whilst blocking the minimum amount of desirable sites.

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