How to Block Porn on All Devices – Complete 2023 Guide

The internet, social media apps, and even gaming apps for kids are full of adult content. Kids and teens can be exposed to explicit content in many ways, such as advertisements, other users, or seemingly harmless searches. The effects of porn to kids (and adults!) is psychological, physical and social. 

There are many ways to block explicit content or porn from your family’s devices.

In this article, we’ll go through the five best ways to block porn from any device you or your loved ones might use:

  1. How to block porn on a Windows computer
  2. How to block porn on an Apple Mac computer
  3. How to block porn on Google and Bing
  4. How to block porn on a mobile device (tablets and phones)
  5. How to block porn on all devices (even from unexpected places) with Canopy

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The 5 Best Ways to Block Porn and Adult Websites Right Now

No matter what device your kids are using, you can find out how to block adult websites and content on apps. The methods might differ for how to block porn on a computer vs. how to block porn on a child’s tablet— in some instances, you might need to use multiple methods or steps for complete protection. 

1. How to block porn on a Windows computer

If you or family members use a Microsoft Windows computer, you’ve probably wondered how to block porn on the computer or how to block adult websites. There are parental control features native on Windows 10 and 11 computers.

Once set up, these settings can and will:

How to block porn on Windows computer: step-by-step by enabling parental controls

  1. Go to settings and select accounts
  2. Click on the “family & other people” section
  3. Click “add family member”
  4. Enter your child’s email 
  5. Go into your child’s email yourself or have your child accept the invitation received via email to join the Microsoft family group you are setting up
  6. Once set up, you can manage the parental control settings from the same settings page (settings > accounts > family & other people > your child’s profile). 

You can opt for weekly reports, manage website filtering levels and custom block URLs, set up time limits, restrict access to apps and games, and manage requests from your child. 

2. How to block porn on an Apple Mac computer 

There are also preferences native to Mac computers that aim to satisfy your request on how to block porn on a Mac or how to block adult websites on a Mac. There are multiple ways to block porn on Macs, one is through the “screen time” option in system preference, which can and will:

  • Set screen time limits & time limits for apps or websites 
  • Limit communication to specific contacts 
  • Set apps that are always allowed 
  • Block search results and websites that might be inappropriate
  • Remove websites you want blocked 
  • Block actions in the Game Center (like interaction with friends or strangers)

How to block porn on a Mac computer: step-by-step by enabling parental controls

  1. Log in to your child’s account on the computer 
  2. Click on the Apple logo on the far left of the top toolbar 
  3. Click on system preferences from the drop-down menu
  4. Click on “screen time”
  5. Once on the screen time page, you can manage the parental control settings offered by Macs
  6. We suggest turning on “content & privacy” and clicking “limited adult websites”

By selecting “downtime” on the sidebar you can manage screen time limits, by selecting “app limits” you can manage the time allowed on different apps.

By selecting “communication” you can manage who your child can communicate in general and during downtime.

By selecting “always allowed” you can select which apps your child can always use, and by selecting “content & privacy” you can manage web content and the game center preferences. 

We wrote a whole guide to help you block porn on Mac here.

3. How to block porn on Google and Bing 

If you want to know how to block porn on a computer or any device your child is using, you should be using not only the device’s parental control settings but individual browser’s settings too. Hopefully, if a computer’s native settings aren’t able to block something, the browser’s safe search settings will. 

Google and Bing are the top two most used browsers, so we looked into the ways you can make your child’s experience using them safer:

How to block porn on Google: step-by-step by enabling parental controls

The easiest and best way to block porn when your kids are using Google is to enable SafeSearch, which attempts to block porn and any other explicit content from showing up in Google searches. 

To enable Google SafeSearch: 

  1. Go to Google.com
  2. Click on settings in the bottom right corner
  3. Click on search settings in the pop-up menu
  4. Click the box to enable SafeSearch

How to block porn on Bing: step-by-step by enabling parental controls

Bing also has a porn-blocking setting called SafeSearch, which has two modes. One is strict, which blocks potentially explicit text, images and videos, and the other is moderate, which blocks only potentially explicit images and video. 

To enable Bing SafeSearch:

  1. Go to Bing.com
  2. Click on settings in the top right corner
  3. Click on SafeSearch 
  4. Enable strict or moderate (moderate is the default) 

4. How to block porn on a child’s tablet 

While tablets are amazing tools (for learning… and for keeping a child happy while getting their nails clipped, having splinters pulled out, or riding in the car to grandma’s for 8 hours) the unfortunate truth is that they vastly increase kids’ and teens’ likelihood of encountering porn.

The built-in porn-blocking settings on tablets are generally the same as the controls for desktop computers, covering things like blocking explicit content whether that’s blocking apps or websites, screen time limits, and setting limits or blocking aspects of gaming apps. 

If you’re a parent who has decided to give their child access to a tablet, figuring out how to block porn on a child’s tablet should be priority number one. Here are the best ways to block porn on a child’s tablet on three popular tablet types:

How to block porn on iPads: step-by-step by enabling parental controls

  1. Go to settings on your child’s device
  2. Click on Screen Time 
  3. Turn on Content & Privacy restrictions
  4. Review each setting offered, especially Content Restrictions – turning off explicit content for all media 
  5. Add a passcode for the settings 

Learn how to block specific websites on iPad and iPhone here.

How to block porn on Amazon Fire tablets: step-by-step by enabling parental controls

  1. Swipe down from the top screen for “Quick Settings”
  2. Tap “settings”
  3. Tap “parental controls” to enable 
  4. Tap “set restricted access” to set downtime/restricted access hours
  5. Enter a password your child doesn’t know 
  6. Tap finish and look for the lock icon at the top of the tablet screen

How to block porn on Samsung Galaxy tablets: step-by-step by enabling parental controls

Samsung Galaxy tablets require parents to download the app Google Family Link in order to set up any parental control settings. 

  1. Open settings 
  2. Tap Digital Wellbeing & parental controls
  3. Tap parental controls 
  4. This prompts a series of actions including downloading Google Family Link & setting up a parent account and it will provide instructions for setting up and pairing the child’s device including a code to pair the parent and child devices for remote monitoring 
  5. After this is done, download the Google Family Link for children & teens app onto your child’s device and enter the code given on the parent’s Google Family Link app 
  6. Manage settings for your child’s device on your Google Family Link app 

5. How to block porn on any device all at once with Canopy

The settings discussed in the previous sections are great starting points. But that’s all they are: a starting point. There are many problems with these settings, often they’re:

  • Too restrictive, and block off entire apps or categories of apps or websites
  • Not comprehensive, and allow explicit content onto your child’s phone
  • Easily removed, and your child’s device is completely unprotected

Some examples of these parental control pitfalls include Windows computers’ website filter, which only covers websites that have been added to Microsoft’s blacklist and allows user-generated content on sites deemed “safe.” This means there are plenty of sites with adult content that get through the filter and content from users who post explicit material on accepted sites which also do not get blocked. 

Another example is with Amazon Fire tablets, which have automatically downloaded apps (which can’t be deleted) like streaming service apps with adult content on them.

The conclusion that most “how to block porn” or “best way to block porn on ____ device” articles comes to is by subscribing to some kind of digital parenting, porn blocking app. It’s our conclusion too: no parental control settings can adequately or effectively block porn from child devices, which is why parents need Canopy.

Canopy does everything parental controls do and more, spanning across all devices your kid might be using and controlled remotely from your phone. 

How to block porn

Canopy’s features include:

  • Website blocking & smart-filtering within websites, 
  • removal prevention, 
  • custom URL, app & category blocking, 
  • sexting prevention through nudity detection & approval requests for taking images, 
  • scheduled screen time & downtime,
  • location alerts

What sets Canopy apart from parental control settings (and all other parental control or porn blocking apps) is not only its comprehensive feature list, but the technology it uses to comb through content in milliseconds.

Instead of blocking TikTok or Discord completely, Canopy blocks specific videos or images specifically within the feed. Instead of blocking entire websites or categories of websites, Canopy’s technology blocks specific images, videos, advertisements, or other content within websites. 

With Canopy, it’s also possible to block apps and websites outright. But the option also exists to simply block porn on your child’s tablet or block porn on your child’s computer without blocking out major capabilities of the tablets and computers that make them so useful in the first place. Canopy also has the amazing sexting prevention feature which doesn’t allow kids to take or send images with nudity in them without your review.  

These features also make it a great porn blocker app for adults, too!

How to block porn with Canopy: step-by-step processes for installing across devices

If you’re ready to get started with Canopy, below we’ve linked a few step-by-step guides on how to block porn with Canopy on a few different devices your family might be using.

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6 Other Methods to Help Block Pornography

The “best” way to block porn really is a combination of many different methods. You can use native parental controls on devices and Canopy, or get as technical as the DNS layer or as low-tech as simple conversation with your child. 

Here’s a list of the other best ways we know about how to block porn:

1. Work with your internet provider to see what parental controls they offer

If you call your internet provider or Google what kind of parental controls they offer, often you can find out how to block porn with filters your ISP offers. This can serve as another layer of protection for your family’s devices.

For example, Verizon explains on its website that those with Fios Quantum Gateway or Fios Advanced WiFi routers can use the My Fios app and enable parental controls on specific devices. In the app you select internet > manage my devices > devices & parental controls, and follow the prompts for what filters you’d like to enable. 

2. Get porn-blocking hardware such as Circle 

Installing hardware like Circle that blocks porn on your entire WiFi network is another solution. While this makes sense for parents who don’t allow their kids to use devices outside of the house or on different WiFi networks, it is limited to internet activity conducted on your WiFi network. 

3. Have conversations with kids proactively, before you suspect something may be wrong or they might be looking at explicit or adult content 

This shouldn’t be a novel idea, but open communication and discussions about the dangers of the internet are extremely important for preventing kids from accessing or seeking out explicit material.  

Too late? Here’s how to respond if you find your kids watching porn.

4. Set up rules about social media use, such as prohibiting it outright, prohibiting sharing personal information, or enforcing rules about sharing passwords with parents 

Rules like these make it less likely kids are going to run into online predators or explicit content. 

5. Set up boundaries regarding internet/device use with your kids, such as no phones outside of public spaces or no phones in bedrooms 

Just like rules about what they do on the internet, where your child is using the phone or other device greatly cuts down on chances they’ll be engaging with inappropriate content. 

6. Look at the browser history and camera roll of your child’s device 

Sometimes kids don’t realize something they’re looking at is not age-appropriate. Or, they’ve stumbled upon something and continue to seek it out simply because it’s exciting or intriguing. Monitoring your child’s internet use is the smartest thing you can do as a parent to ensure they’re not seeing explicit content, or worse, developing an addiction or unhealthy relationship with it. 

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