The internet is constantly growing and is becoming more easily accessible via wireless mobile handheld devices, Touchpads, gaming consoles, televisions and even internet glasses. Unfortunately, as millions of internet search queries are performed every day by our kids, they can be exposed to all the adult material that is freely available and accessible on the internet.
DinoSearch.com regularly maintains a DinoFilter™, which is a proprietary keyword and key phrase filtering system that will help to block adult images, videos and websites from all children's search results. We also have a community of educators, librarians, parents and, guardians who send us updated websites that require manual blocking. Additionally, Google Safe Search technology is set to strict filtering by default which gives extra protection to block explicit websites. Children can search for information on the internet more safely and securely by using DinoSearch™.
Even with our 3 layers of filtering protection, some inappropriate websites may get through our filters. Please join our existing team of volunteers and send us any websites that are found in your DinoSearch results that you believe should be blocked. Please send us the website address and the keywords you used to find the website. Our team of editors will review and block the websites normally within 48hrs of contact.
The infographic below visually shows a basic rundown of how our filtering works.
1. Children should avoid using a standard search engine that is open to all websites. Always use a search engine that will filter adult material with keyword databases and SafeSearch technology.
2. Keep the computer in a central place.
This helps you to keep an eye on the kids while they are online. If they have a handheld device, then make a rule that they can only surf the internet when in the lounge or living area for example.
3. ISP adult filter.
For additional protection, some Internet Service Provider's offer an adult filtering service at the ISP level. Give your ISP a call and find out if they support it. Using DinoSearch in conjunction with an ISP adult filter is recommended and is the current set up for many schools and libraries.
4. Modem/Router adult filter.
Many modem/routers will have some kind of adult filtering application that can be enabled in the settings menu. Some modems not only allow URL blocking but you can also enable time restrictions which is a great way to control the amount of internet used. For example, you could block internet access between late at night and the early hours of the morning as this is when the kids should be asleep. We recommend consulting your modem manual or modem homepage for support on how to configure and enable modem web filtering.
5. Websites for kids are not permitted to request personal information without a parent's consent.
Talk to children about what personal information is and to always discuss with their parents or an adult first before submitting any personal information online. Also, talk to kids about the dangers of online chatrooms and chatting to strangers online via social media.
6. Teach children to treat the internet like the real world.
As kids get older and begin to explore social media, email, and online communication, express to children to treat the internet like the real world. Before communicating with someone online, have kids ask themselves, would you act like that or say that to a person in real life? Use manners and be respectful to other people just like how they are at home and at school. Treat other people as how they would like to be treated online and in person.