Blocking Porn on Mobile Phones

I have recently been discussing with a few friends the issue of access to porn and other adult content on mobile phones. It has recently been noted in the UK that children as young as 11 are routinely exposed to and accessing Adult content on their phones.

This has been a growing concern, and, thankfully, some mobile phone companies are beginning to take notice. The most responsible block all adult content by default until the user has (a) proved that they are over 18 and (b) asked for the block to be removed.

This is definitely the way things should go, as it is both the most secure way of protecting minors while making exposure an opt-in one if the user so chooses.

Who Blocks As Standard: A quick search on websites shows that the information is not always easy to find, but what seems apparent is:

  • T-Mobile – blocks all adult content as standard, user proves age and applies for block to be removed.
  • 3 – blocks all adult content as standard, user proves age and applies for block to be removed.
  • Talk-Mobile – blocks all adult content as standard, user proves age and applies for block to be removed.
  • O2 – blocks all adult content as standard, user proves age and applies for block to be removed.
  • Vodaphone – blocks as standard where the age of the user is unknown. No indication of whether someone buying with a credit card is offered this block on their phone as standard.
  • Orange – No Information
  • Virgin – No Information

Fuller information is given below:

Vodaphone: Provides Content Control which is applied automatically to all phones where the age of the user can not be determined. The block can be removed if the user can confirm they are over 18. It is not clear if the block is automatically applied if you buy a new service or phone with a credit card.

  • blocks 18-rated content and services which includes premium rate picture messaging, premium rate picture messaging, chat and dating services, erotica, gambling and betting and violent games.

T Mobile: Provides Content Lock automatically to all pay as you go and pay monthly mobiles. It blocks all adult content until you  prove that you’re over 18 by a credit card or by a name and address check through a credit reference agency. You can then request the removal of the block.

  • Blocks unmoderated social networking sites and chatrooms, sites with persistent bad language, visual material of a sexual nature, horror and extreme violence.

Talk Mobile: Adult Content Restriction as standard on all their Pay As You Go, Prepay, World, Pay Monthly, SIMple and Control plans. The block is removed by paying a fee via a credit card to verify age. The restriction is then removed. There is no indication as to whether the restriction can be applied again. The site does not give any information about type of content blocked or what blocker is used.

Three (3): Applies Adult Filter as standard to all mobile phones. The user must prove they are over 18 and then are given a security pin to allow access to the content.

  • Blocks nudity, unacceptable violence, racism, and websites that could expose you (or their network) to hacking, phishing and other harmful content.

O2: Applies Parental Control as standard, limiting web content to that deemed suitable to a 12 year old. It seems a fee is applied every time the Parental Controls are activated or deactivated.

Virgin Mobile: At date of writing I could find no information on the Virgin Mobile site about blocking Adult content etc on phones.

Orange: At date of writing I could find no information on the Orange site about blocking Adult content etc on phones.

So that is mobile phones story. It would be very neat if ISP’s applied the same options to services they offer from their end. The technology is there.

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13 Responses to “Blocking Porn on Mobile Phones”

  1. Gilda-le Swart Says:

    Can you please explain me how to block all porn sites forma cell phone please.

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    • pwatts2 Says:

      The best thing is to contact your mobile service provider and ask them to tell you what protection they offer and how to activate it. There is no standard answer to this problem as all the phone companies offer something slightly different.

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  2. Biotin Dosage Says:

    mobile phones that have built in cameras are my favorite because they can capture those special moments and events `**

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  4. shalbion Says:

    Unfortunately, talkmobile does not block only adult content but also political content. The web page of a
    conservative democratic party in Austria can’t be accessed, whereas the web page of the communist page of the UK can be. This has nothing to do with preventing minors from unsuitable material, but is clearly censorship as you should expect from any narrow-minded leftist.

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  5. Jhon Says:

    These websites are really harrasing me ,they are total addiction , they are wasting maximum number of times , avoiding them cant be possible , it is teaching bad manners , all of my friends are victim of it , from suggestion of my friends and reamaining people all the pornsites should be banned , it is violating our rights

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  6. chris Says:

    thanks

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  7. David ishaya sule Says:

    please help me block ALL porn sites on my phone. Thanks.

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  8. Jessie Harris Says:

    I really do want all of the porn website off, my phone. As – soon – possible. I really do appriecate it.

    Thank You
    Ms. J Harris

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  9. Lisa Says:

    I do not think ISP level porn blocking will help. Facebook for instance has adult content appearing on the side ads while browsing! A lot of other content cannot be age based its a one solution fits all. Plus I hate the fact that an ISP will monitor my internet for usage.

    I prefer the use of local parental controls, gives us as parents authority locally. I have a few devices my kids use including Macs and we have been using Net Nanny http://www.i-technosoft.co.uk/netnanny. They also have different mobile versions i reckon, we use the Mac and Android one.

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  10. anonymous Says:

    I don’t have children I want to block porn from myself.

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  11. neftali Says:

    Id like to block por please

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