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Want to Know How to Block Inappropriate Websites on Android

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From children to senior citizens everybody uses the internet for movies, games, TV shows, software, shopping, and more. Though convenient and fun, the internet is also a place for adult and inappropriate content. So, if you want to know how to block inappropriate websites on Android, you’re at the right place!

Since the internet is open for people of all age groups, some content is not advisable for children and teenagers. Most of the websites do not block adult content for children and so it becomes the parents’ responsibility to ensure kids do not visit such websites. Also, as most children are using their parents’ smartphones to attend their online classes, it is important to keep a tab on them.

How to block inappropriate websites on Android?

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Here we share five ways you can use to block inappropriate websites.

Safe Search

Enabling Safe Search is probably the easiest way to block inappropriate websites on android. Whether you are using Firefox, Opera, Chrome, or DuckGoGo, you can go to their settings and enable a safe search.

Safe search will ensure you do not get any inappropriate search results unintentionally, the next time you access the internet. However, if your teenager accesses porn or adult websites intentionally, this may be of no help.

Google Play Store settings

Google Play also provides you with options to restrict any inappropriate apps and games. Some apps or games can cause increased aggressive behavior in your child. So, it is a good idea to block any such inappropriate content.

Follow these steps.

  • Go to Google Play Store and tap on the three horizontal lines in the upper left corner.
  • Next, go to the settings.
  • Go to the Parental Controls under the User Controls.
  • Switch to “ON” and set up a PIN.
  • Next, choose the category you want to block and the age limit you allow them to access.

Use OpenDNS

OpenDNS not only helps inappropriate websites but also improves internet speed. In addition to blocking pornographic sites, it blocks websites that show violent content, disturbing images, or spread hate.

You can either download an app from Google Play Store or change your DNS IP address manually in the settings. There are apps such as OpenDNS Updater, DNS Switch, DNS Changer, and more you can consider downloading from Google Play Store.

If you choose to use an app, follow these steps;

  • Download and install the app of your choice from Google Play Store on your Android device.
  • Run the app
  • Next, you will see an interface with multiple DNS options.
  • Select OpenDNS and use it.

Follow the steps to replace your ISP’s DNS server with the OpenDNS server.

  • Go to the Settings and open Wi-Fi.
  • Open the advanced settings
  • Change DHCP to Static
  • In IP, DNS1 and DNS2 address, type this;

 IPAddress: 192.168.1.105

 DNS 1: 208.67.222.123 

 DNS 2: 208.67.220.123

Note: This will work only if your child is unaware of what a VPN is. Also, this will work only for the specific Wi-Fi for which you have used OpenDNS. OpenDNS will not work if you switch to cellular data or any other Wi-Fi.

Clean Browsing App

Similar to DNS blocking like OpenDNS, Clean Browsing app blocks unwanted traffic and prevents access to adult websites.

While this app is not available on Google Play Store, you can get it from its official website. The app is easy-to-use and available for every platform.

Norton Family Parental Control

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Norton Family Parental Control allows parents to overlook their child’s online activity and control it. Additionally, it helps to monitor their messages, online activity, and search history. Also, it will notify you if your child tries to break any rules.

Norton Family allows you to block adult websites based on over 40 filters you can choose from. However, this is only available in its premium service which is a paid service. You can test it using their 30-days free trial and see if the app is worth the money.

Now that you know how to block inappropriate websites on Android, what are you waiting for? Go ahead, try any one of the above-mentioned ways and let us know your experience in the comment section below.

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Varsha Kamath
I have been writing content for various businesses for the last decade or so. Apart from writing content, I enjoy reading and travelling.
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