Raising Kids

Are You Getting Your Kids Porn For Christmas?

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I live in the winter wonderland of Michigan. As I write this, the weather forecast says snow is coming and I’m looking forward to it; except for the shoveling my driveway part. I love this time of year: Singing carols, celebrating the birth of Jesus and shopping in stores decked out for Christmas.

So as we go in search of the perfect gifts for our children this season I bet you never thought of buying them porn. I’m pretty sure you’re not planning on putting the latest Blu-Ray porn movies in your kids stocking or wrapping up a 1-year subscription to Playboy and putting that under your Christmas tree. But you could unwittingly get your kids porn for Christmas.

Sometimes we don’t think or don’t know about the unintended consequences of the gifts we give our kids. For instance, are you planning on putting an iPad under the Christmas tree for your kids? If so, you’re getting your kids porn for Christmas.

Any of you planning on putting an Xbox One under the Christmas tree for your kids? If so, you’re getting your kids porn for Christmas.

Are any of you planning on putting a cell phone in your kids stocking? If so, you’re getting your kids porn for Christmas.

Why did I pick iPads, the Xbox One and Cell Phones? Because these popular gifts can crack the door open to the world of porn.

Here’s how:

Apple iPad: The iPad has parental controls but they’re pretty much limited to having Internet access turned on or turned off. So grab your kids’ Christmas iPad, access the Parental Controls and turn off the Internet. Or get the X3Watch at Apple’s App Store to filter their Internet access.

Xbox One: A lot of parents don’t realize that gaming systems, like the Xbox One and Playstation, have Internet access built-in. So grab your kids gaming console, go to the settings and either turn off Internet browser or set up their built-in Internet filter.

Cell Phones: Most cell phones have Internet access and filtering porn on some phones can be a real challenge. Cell phone carrier’s, like AT&T or Verizon, have parental controls available but you may have to pay extra for the service and each cell phone may have a different way to implement the filtering. So grab your kids Christmas cell phone, call your carrier and find out how to block porn and other inappropriate websites on their phone.

Now that you have a little more information ask yourself, “Am I getting my kids porn for Christmas?” If so, now you know some of the things you can do to make sure your Christmas gifts are porn free.

This article was originally published here and is used with permission.

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