How to Disable Dating Sites for Free
By Michael Monet
It's easier than ever for children and teens to access inappropriate content on the internet, even if they are doing so accidentally. Social networking and dating sites are multiplying all over the web, and are often free and easy to access with no need for age verification. To disable dating sites from all users except the administrator of your computer, follow a few easy steps with parental controls. There is no need to buy expensive software to accomplish this.
Access your computer from the administrator's screen name. If you do not have an administrator account and password, create one now. Create separate login names for your children or guests who you wish to block from dating sites.
Go to your computer's system preferences. Click on security and parental controls. When you open parental controls, you will be asked for the administrator's name and password. Make sure you are the only one who knows your name and password.
Disable websites by typing the entire address into the disabled websites bar. If you feel there are too many to disable, try the reverse and select "Allow access to only these websites," entering in the websites your children or guests frequently use.
Disable keyword searches for inappropriate words. Enter in custom words, or select "Hide profanity in Dictionary." Now, when your children or guests search for inappropriate terms, no results will show.
Save your changes. Log out of the administrator login and log back in as a guest. Search one of your blocked terms or sites to check the parental controls.
- Change your password on a regular basis to ensure that you are the only one with access to the parental controls feature.
- It can be extremely difficult to block all inappropriate sites, especially dating sites, as new ones continue to be created and often don't contain obviously inappropriate terminology. Check your computer's history regularly to keep up with the sites that are being searched on your computer.
Michael Monet has been writing professionally since 2006. At the San Francisco School of the Arts, he studied under writers Octavio Solis and Michelle Tea, performed his work in Bay Area theaters and was published in literary journals such as "Paradox," "Umlaut" and "Transfer." Monet also studied creative writing at Eugene Lang College in New York and Mills College in Oakland.