3 Tips for Maintaining a Safe Distance between Children and Profanity
3 Tips for Maintaining a Safe Distance between Children and Profanity
October 24, 2018

In spite of all the hype about profanity filters and related software, profanity continues to rear its ugly head – every now and then – in our lives.

And, who are the easiest victims of such stuff?

It’s our younger ones, of course!

Kids, and especially teenagers, have ready access to massive volumes of information (good and/or bad) all around them. The credit undoubtedly goes to the advancement in technology.

Moreover, you cannot keep a tab on each of their web activities 24/7, can you?

So, the only way out is to control the type of content that your child can see.

Being a part of eUnagi, which is committed to delivering end-to-end solutions to curb profanity, I would like to list down few techniques that can keep your wards away from unwanted content –

  1. Use Parental Controls ‘Effectively’
  2. Employ Profanity Filters
  3. Counsel, but NOT as a Counsellor

Here are the details –

  1. Use Parental Controls ‘Effectively’

Most parents are aware of this function present on our TV remote controls, but who really uses them? Busy with their hectic schedules, parents tend to ignore such useful tools that technology has made possible.

Now, parental filters are generally used for blocking out the explicit channels.

Agree on this?

But, wait a minute!

What about those cartoon shows that children are glued onto, day in and day out?

Scientific studies have indicated in the past that when the younger ones observe the behaviour imitated by similarly-aged characters (cartoons) on the screen, they tend to perceive such behaviours as acceptable.

So, what I mean to say that is that you can restrict your kids’ access to such shows, without denying them their share of entertainment.

Instead, mould them into watching informative programmes that will lead to their mental growth in the longer run.

And lastly, setting controls applies for all devices. This article can help you out in doing so.

  1. Employ Profanity Filters

Before we start to discuss more on this technique, can you tell the difference between parental controls and profanity filters?

The basic difference is the thought process that these techniques are based upon.

Parental controls simply follow your commands and totally block out the selected piece of content.

Profanity filters, on the other hand, act on the basis of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) algorithms.

For Example – Say your little one watches a particular wildlife show, which showcases the prey-predator relationship. Witnessing blood on a regular basis can harm the mental state of kids. So, by incorporating a profanity filter into your smart TV, such graphics (blood, carcass, etc.) can be blurred out on screen or even the colour might get transformed, only for that instant. Thus, it’s a win-win for you as well as your child.

Now, this was a hypothetical use-case.

There are many such real instances that can be quoted, where technology has helped wade off profane content.

  1. Counsel, but NOT as a Counsellor

Technology can control individual’s access to unwanted content up to a certain limit.

So, ultimately it is the good advice that counts! Making the younger generation understand the context of what is being watched, told or heard is the key.

And, remember – Parents are always their kids’ best friends. So, don’t counsel as a counsellor!

The Conclusion –

Using technology and discretion wisely can go a long way in making your kids understand the real difference between right and wrong.

If you ever feel the need of customised solutions (moderation, profanity control, forensics, etc.) to protect your digital environment from any sorts of inappropriateness, drop in your query and we’ll get back to you instantly!



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