What constitutes a quality Internet content filtering solution?

When we shop for a Parental Control solution what should we be looking for? There are many companies selling some form of Parental Controls, and they all do it differently; some are software only, some are hardware only, some are a combination of the two. The plethora of solutions should give you an idea of how difficult it is to pull this off, and by ‘this’ I mean block Internet pornography.

From the end user, or Parent’s perspective we don’t really care how it’s done as long as it meets the following criteria:

  1. Blocks pornography (web, image and video)
  2. Does not inconvenience
  3. Does not slow down our Internet
  4. Is easy to setup
  5. Does not require baby-sitting, or persistent maintenance
  6. Gives some sort of insight into what’s going on, i.e. activity logs

Today we are going to focus on #1, because the rest are peripheral ‘nice to haves’ that only matter if #1 works, and this is the hard part anyway.

So when a company says they have a ‘comprehensive’ web filter, what does that mean? It’s actually pretty easy to ascertain for yourself. Go to Bing.com, or Google.com and search for any term, and you will get 3 – 6 tabs of Internet content matching your query.

 

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The tabs that contain Internet content are Web, Image and Video. These are the ones that would return pornography if it is searched for.

Any Parental Control, or Web Filtering, or Internet Content Filtering solution you choose should at the very least protect these three categories of content.

Today the most effective way to protect Image and Video content is by enforcing SafeSearch. There are other ways, but they are currently too technically difficult to pull off without major inconvenience, and cost to end user.

Let’s use OpenDNS as an example. They have 50 million users and market themselves as a Parental Control solution. With OpenDNS Family Shield enabled, using Bing / Google you can search for a bad term. That’s the first problem. With Kibosh you can’t even search for a bad term, but back to OpenDNS, post pornography search, we then click on a link under the Web category. Here is where OpenDNS shines, and any websites listed here will be blocked. Great. However, I then click on the Images tab, and viola I have access to the insanity of Internet pornography. Same with the Video link. Not good.

If hardcore Internet pornography is so easily accessed do you really have a ‘comprehensive’ Parental Control solution? Does it matter if you can see daily log reports, or monitor if the device is online, etc. if the actual blocking of pornography doesn’t work?

Therefor the first thing we should look forĀ in a parental control solution is does it filter Web, Image and Video content. Everything else is secondary.

Kibosh customers have the best parental control / web filtering solution on the market today. It’s easy to turn on, requires no ongoing maintenance, is very affordable, and filters Web, Image and Video content.

Team Kibosh

 

Education is key

“Internet pornography will create an epidemic of obsession, compulsion and addiction that will sweep across America like a tidal wave, destroying marriages, families and individual lives with a devastation never before witnessed in the history of this great nation!” Mark Kastleman, The Drug of the New Millennium

Kibosh exist for the sole purpose of solving the problem of Internet pornography in a sustainable way. When Kibosh Cloud is enabled, and SafeSearch Lock-in activated, access to, and the searching for Internet pornography is eliminated.

The Kibosh Cloud web filtering service is the best content filter in the world. Our categories are proprietary, and it enforces SafeSearch which is the only way to prevent pornographic images from being searched for. If you don’t have SafeSearch enforcement with your existing solution then you don’t have a filter you can trust.

However, as good as Kibosh is, it’s just a tool, only part of the complete solution. It should to be used in conjunction with education, and a ‘mental reboot‘ to be truly free. Kibosh will give you an Internet porography free world to live in, but you need to take action too.

If you have a user that does not fully appreciate the Kibosh filter, i.e. they fight against it’s use, then they don’t fully understand how damaging Internet pornography is on their lives. This is where education is key, and it’s the kind of education you won’t find in the MSM, or unfortunately brick and mortar schools. Knowing is half the battle, and once enlightened the path will be clear.

Here are a few places to start:

Internet pornography is especially damaging to young men and women because research shows ‘that our most powerful and lasting memories arise from adolescence – along with our worst habits’. YBOP

There is also a growing body of evidence suggesting Internet pornography is as addicting, if not more so, than traditional drugs like cocaine, or alcohol.

“Addictive drugs like meth and heroin are compelling because they hijack the precise mechanisms involved that make sex compelling – dopamine.” YBOP

And..

Cambridge University scientists find that those with drug addiction and sex addiction have similar neurological responses

”There are clear differences in brain activity between patients who have compulsive sexual behavior and healthy volunteers. These differences mirror those of drug addicts.”

The good news is that you have a tool at your disposal to legitimately block pornography from your homes and / or businesses. Something we didn’t have for a long time.

The Kibosh Cloud Filtering Service is a sustainable solution. By sustainable we mean you only need to enable the service, and then move on with life. Problem solved (as well is it can be). Any other solution like ours, and currently there are none, can only be as good, technically speaking, as Kibosh.

Any Internet content filtering / parental control solution that requires your contstant attention is not sustainable long term. Kibosh Cloud was designed to be as ubiquitous, and easy to use as the Internet. Our dream is a world where services like Kibosh Cloud are the default protection for every Internet connection. A world where the mental wellbeing of our future generations come first.

Team Kibosh