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Our kids are able to find websites that are not recommended for minors. All parents must be aware of these listed websites so that their child will not be a victim of digital injury. Unlike apps, websites are much easier for underage children to have quick access to explicit content. GKIS will provide a brief description of the websites, dangers attached to the websites, and methods to prevent digital injury.

Websites

Parler

In our previous blog article, Parler the Free Speech App was covered as a social network platform focusing on the freedom of speech protected under the first Amendment and user’s rights privileges. An increase of conservative users arrived on the platform in the wake of feeling censored on Twitter. In a battle between liberal and conservative views, big tech censorship has become a public outrage sending users to Parler.

As for children, GKIS stands by our previous decided outcome of Parler not being appropriate for minors due to extreme views and lack of censorship. According to Google Trends, the analysis of popularity for search with interest over time (IOT) ranges from 0 to 100. From January 10th to 16th 2021, Parler had a 78 IOT.[8] With a high population usage and the ability to not fact-check user’s posts, children using the app would likely be exposed to false and conspiracy-laden content.

Onlyfans

One of our most-read articles of 2020, Is Your Teen Selling Nudes on Onlyfan?, explained the risks that on Onlyfan kids and teens may easily access pornographic content. Onlyfans is a social media platform meant for users to access a creator’s content that may provide sexual content to subscribers for a monthly payment. From February 21th to 27th 2021, Google Trends reports that Onlyfans had a 99 IOT.[8] According to Onlyfans terms of service, the user must be 18+. Still, there are reports of minors bypassing the age verification without parent knowledge.[1]

GKIS does not recommend minors to have access to Onlyfans due to leaked information, stalking, life-threats, unemployment risks, and family separation. Onlyfans has become a modernized social media idea for minors, as advertised in account description on Instagram’s model. If you worry your child could become a victim of sexual exploitation, you will get huge benefits from Dr. Bennett’s weekly parentand family coaching videos on the GetKidsInternetSafe App! Your first 30 days are totally free!

Toomics

In this comic book subscription service, users can receive Japanese and South Korean comics on horror, romance, and action genres. The service does provide a family mode to exclude inappropriate content. However, children can enable or disable the mode without password requirement.

GKIS recommends monitoring this service or, even better, blocking it from your children entirely. There is a vast amount of sexual content and nudity on this service, including comic book sex scenes, incest, and rape. According to the Google Trends report, from February 7th to 13th 2021, Toomics reports an 85 IOT based on search popularity.[8]

Reddit

In 2005, Reddit grew to be the most popular forum website on the internet. But how safe is it for children? The service provides subreddits of vast topics into smaller ones (e.g., from r/books into r/horror stories or r/Stephen King). Subreddits are organized by moderators who are individuals who manage the forum. As of February 21st to 27th 2021, Google Trend reports Reddit as an 87 IOT.[8]

Reddit may not look dangerous, but it does have a high volume of not safe for work (NSFW) material that may be easily accessible to children who lie about their age upon entry into the site. Reddit can be used for searching, browsing, and messaging anyone or anything which obviously holds a high risk of digital injury. For more information on the signs and risks of digital injury, be sure to check out Screen Time in the Mean Time A Parenting Guide to Get Kids and Teens Internet Safe.

The Chive

This social media service provides humorous insight to young college men with strong misogynistic views and a heavy prejudice against women. The Chive’s mission statement is “an outlet for attractive ladies from around the world to strut their stuff,” meaning a view of looking at women for

Google trends reports, The Chive has a 95 IOT from February 21st to 27th 2021.[8] GKIS considers this a red light service due to its raunchy and sexist humor. A study by Brown and L’Engle (2009) reported a significant finding of adolescents exposed to sexual content in media will engage in sexual harassment two years after watching the activity.[3]

DeviantArt

DeviantArt is an online social community where members share their artwork for critique and to build a fanbase. According to their website, DeviantArt has 55 million users and has a score of 92 IOT from February 21st to 27th 2021.[8] These large communities make monitoring users extremely difficult to control the regulation of the platform.

DeviantArt earned a red light GKIS rating because reviews report extremely violent and bloody artworks. Parents also report cursing, insulting, stealing art, fetishes, and nudity shared on community posts.[4]

4Chan

This highly controversial (and GKIS-rated red light) forum had made headlines because of anonymous users posting nude photographs of dozens of celebrities, including Emma Watson. 4Chan users often endorse sexist ideologies against female gamers like the cyberbullying of Jessi Slaughter and discuss neo-Nazi radicalism.[5] Unlike Reddit, users are not required to form an account. Due to its anonymity, kids can easily participate in R-rated posts undetected and unmonitored.[5]

If you haven’t selected a child-safe browser or set parental controls on devices, through your internet service provider, or through third-party apps and services, you’ll want to check out our Screen Safety Toolkit. We did the research for you with this comprehensive how-to safety resource guide.

Tumblr

In our GKIS article “The GKIS Sensible Parent’s Guide to Tumblr,” we rated this social media platform as a yellow-light app due to sexual images and inappropriate content often displayed on member accounts. With over 30 million users and a score of 83 IOT as of February 14th to 20th 2021, this microblogging social platform is still quite popular.[8]

High-risk content includes self-harm, sexual content, eating disorders, and drugs. There are also reports of sex offenders using the website to incite sexual conversation with children. We stand by our previous decision to recommend parents closely monitor their teen’s activities within the website.

Pornographic Websites (NSFW)

A popular website used for viewing pornographic content like photos, videos, and live streams is PornHub. To learn more about how porn impacts our kids and teens, read our GKIS article “Online Pornography’s Impact on Kids and Teens.” We previously reported that 13% of internet searches are found to access pornography. Due to increased access, that percentage has increased to 20% on the computer and mobile internet browsers.[6]

Fight The New Drug is a non-profit organization trying to reduce porn addiction and set regulations for the porn industry. In 2020, they reported that PornHub’s popular searches were “lesbian,” “teen,” “stepmom,” “mom,” “step-sister,” “hardcore,” “gangbang,” and “rough sex.”[7] Further, the average age for first exposure to hardcore pornography has been estimated to be 11 years old.[7]

GKIS highly recommends that parents add pornography websites onto their restricted website list in parental controls. The website Top Porn Sites can help you block them in child-safe browsers.

Hide it Pro

We would all love to believe that we can trust our kids not to search out, post, and collect inappropriate content online. But sadly, we just can’t. Kids and teens often delight in discovering and sharing titillating and forbidden content and hide it from parents. We cover how to check for apps that hide content in our Screen Safety Toolkit and Dr. B covers it in her coaching sessions on the GetKidsInternetSafe App. To get you started with safety, check all devices for Hide it Pro, a particularly popular hiding app.

Set up content restrictions on tablet and phone devices.

On iOS products, Apple has designated a method for parents to limit adult websites for their safety. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Screen Time
  2. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions and enter your Screen Time passcode
  3. Tap Content Restrictions, then tap Web Content
  4. Choose Limit Adult Websites, and Tap Never Allow: Add Website[9]

In this section, you can add each of the listed above websites to protect your child.

Google has designated parents’ methods to limit adult websites for their child’s safety on Android products. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Digital Wellbeing
  3. Tap Parental controls > tap Get started
  4. Select Parent
  5. Tap Get Family Link and install Google Family Link for parents
  6. Tap Open (review the information) > tap Get started
  7. Tap Add (the plus sign) > tap Yes
  8. Tap NEXT > download Google Family Link for children & teens on the child device
  9. Enter the provided Family Link setup code
  10. Use the on-screen instructions on both phones to finish connecting the two devices. Once it’s all set up, you can use the Family Link app to keep an eye on everything[10]

Thanks to CSUCI intern, Christian Sandoval for locating harmful websites that parents should restrict minors from interacting.

I’m the mom psychologist who will help you GetKidsInternetSafe.

Onward to More Awesome Parenting,

Tracy S. Bennett, Ph. D.
Mom, Clinical Psychologist, CSUCI Adjunct Faculty
GetKidsInternetSafe

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Works Cited

[1] Cappetta, K. (2021). What is OnlyFans and should parents be worried about it? Parentology.Com. https://parentology.com/onlyfans-age-limit-is-onlyfans-safe-for-users/

[2] Schiffer, Z. (2020. How The Chive built an empire out of bro-bait. The Verge.https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/28/21238529/the-chive-bro-frat-culture-founders-misogyny

[3] Brown, J. D., & L’Engle, K. L. (2009). X-rated: Sexual attitudes and behaviors associated with U.s. early adolescents’ exposure to sexually explicit media. Communication Research, 36(1), 129–151.

[4] Parent reviews for deviantART. (n.d.). Commonsensemedia.Org. Retrieved March 4, 2021, from https://www.commonsensemedia.org/website-reviews/deviantart/user-reviews/adult

[5] Dewey, C. (2014). Absolutely everything you need to know to understand 4chan, the Internet’s own bogeyman. Washington Post (Washington, D.C.: 1974). https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/09/25/absolutely-everything-you-need-to-know-to-understand-4chan-the-internets-own-bogeyman/

[6] Buchholz, K. (2019). How much of the internet consists of porn? Statista.Com. Retrieved March 4, 2021, from https://www.statista.com/chart/16959/share-of-the-internet-that-is-porn/

[7] How many people are on porn sites right now? (hint: It’s a lot.). Fightthenewdrug.Org. (2020, October 13) https://fightthenewdrug.org/by-the-numbers-see-how-many-people-are-watching-porn-today/

[8] https://trends.google.com/trends/?geo=US

[9] https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201304

[10] Parental controls available on your Galaxy phone with One UI 3. (n.d.). Retrieved March 4, 2021, from Samsung.com website: https://www.samsung.com/us/support/answer/ANS00086102/

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