Hidden Access to Google | Safe Surfing for Kids

Chris McKenna:                Hi. I’m Chris McKenna from Protect Young Eyes, and in partnership with Worksighted, we want to bring you a series of short, helpful videos so that you can protect your family from online danger. So, let’s jump right in.

Parents, did you know that almost all of the apps that your kids use have a hidden doorway to Google that you probably don’t know about? One of my most favorite moments in the talks that we give to parents, is we put a wall of apps up on the screen, six of them actually, apps that have nothing to do with inappropriate content. But the apps we put up there are the Bible App, Pinterest, Facebook, Pokemon GO, Delta Airlines, and Crossy Road. And then we ask parents this question: How many of these apps allow access to hardcore pornography if I try hard enough? Inevitably, there is always this sort moment of disbelief or chaos. Like, “Wait a minute, none of these apps have anything to do with pornography. How can that be?”

Some parents will offer, “Maybe it’s three, maybe it’s four.” At the end of the day, they’re just a little bit confused. I then go on to share that five out of these six apps allow access to hardcore pornography if I try hard enough. And that’s because five out of these apps … The only one that doesn’t allow me is Pokemon GO, but the other five have a hidden doorway to Google that you don’t know about. And unfortunately, on an iPhone or an iPad, this hidden doorway to Google does not obey the restrictions that you might have on the device.

It’s for this reason, friends, that no matter what Disney princess is on the app, we always need to be aware of how kids are using it in order to protect them from places that maybe we’re not even aware of.

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