Kids, Smartphones, & Porn

Find out 11 things you can do to protect your kids from porn:

Q: What is the right age to get your child a smartphone?

A: Whenever you feel comfortable with your child WATCHING PORN.

- Author Tom Kirsting in Disconnected: How to Reconnect Our Digitally Distracted Kids

Think your kids are safe from porn on their smartphones? Think again! According to ChildGuard and Netnanny:

  • 90% of children ages 8 to 16 have seen online porn.

  • 70% of children ages 7 to 10 years old have accidentally encountered online porn, often through a web search while doing homework.

  • The average child is viewing porn by age 11.

  • 10% of 7th graders believe they are addicted to porn and can’t stop viewing it.

  • 44% of teens admitted they’ve watched something online their parents wouldn’t approve of.

  • 1 in 5 youth ages 12 to 17 received a sexual solicitation or were approached online.

  • 86% of girls claimed they could chat online without their parent’s knowledge, and 54% could conduct online cyber relationship.

  • 69% of teens regularly receive online communications from strangers and don’t tell a parent or caretaker.

  • 22% of teenage girls say they have posted nude or semi-nude pictures or videos of themselves online.

Even if you have parental controls, they’re not foolproof. Tech-savvy kids know all kinds of ways to circumvent parental controls, and they pass that knowledge around. (Plus, a quick Google search will teach kids dozens of ways to bypass parental controls—even if they don’t know your passcode!)

That’s why it’s important not only to have the best parental controls, but also good old-fashioned supervision. Here are 10 things you can do to protect your kids from porn: