10 Bad Websites to Block On Your Kids Devices in 2021

These websites should definitely be blocked from your children's devices, even if some of them are ones you use often.

There are millions, no, probably billions of websites on the world wide web. Unfortunately, there is a whole lot of bad websites on the internet, along with the good. Some sites might look benign but the user-generated content pushes it into bad territory. These would definitely be websites to block to keep your family safe.

If you don’t have a wifi router with built-in parental controls like the Gryphon, you can also set up a free account with OpenDNS. This will allow you to use any router to block specific categories like pornography or gambling in addition to naming individual websites to block. I actually use BOTH the Gryphon AND OpenDNS for double protection.

As you set up parental controls on an individual device or on your home wifi router, make sure you manually block these specific websites. If you can, you really only need to block them on kid devices, as there could be legitimate reasons for an adult to use the website, like Reddit or Twitter.

1. Toomics.com

As with most of the URL’s on this list, Toomics itself isn’t bad, but they don’t have filters to weed out the inappropriate content. Therefore, toons and comics can feature extremely explicit material. The website sounds harmless enough as a “webtoon platform that hosts a variety of webtoons of various genres!”, but definitely put this on on your block list.

2. Omegle.com

The tagline for this website should give parents and immediate “nope”. The website says “The Internet is full of cool people; Omegle lets you meet them. When you use Omegle, we pick someone else at random so you can have a one-on-one chat.” I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my kid chatting online with total strangers.

3. Reddit.com

Personally, I LOVE Reddit. I even have my own sub… which reminds me, I need to revive that. However, I know that Reddit is no place for kids. It’s the biggest internet message board on the planet, and there is a lot of yucky stuff to find in there if you are looking for it. Don’t mind me though, I’m happy in my Veronica Mars sub…

4. Tumblr.com

Again, user-generated content is here to ruin a good thing. Tumblr is a photo/video/blogging hosting platform. One simple search on the site can open up a whole lot of nasty stuff. It’s best to just block the site entirely since there is zero moderation and posts can be as explicit as they want.

5. Chatroulette.com

My very first and LAST experience with chatroulette was enough to make sure that stays blocked forever and ever. When it first came out, I checked it out as I do with most things so I can write about them. This was YEARS ago. The first “chat” video that appeared for me was a man pleasuring himself. I was SO shocked I quickly closed my laptop and have never been back to the site again.

When a video chat is able to open up automatically with complete strangers, you are just asking for the dirty people of the world to join up. Fool me once chatroulette… you won’t get a chance to fool me again.

6. Archive.org

This website is a tricky one, because the site itself isn’t necessarily bad, but the access it gives you to other sites IS. Archive.org is basically a storage facility of all websites ever. So you can look up what a website looked like 10 years ago… 20 years ago. It’s pretty crazy to check out some of the popular sites like Facebook and Google to see how they looked back in the day. The problem is, since it’s all websites, it also gives you access to inappropriate websites. The content filters don’t know to block the site because the main domain that is being accessed is still archive.org, which IS usually allowed. Block this one so your kids don’t get unfiltered access to the rest of the world wide web.

7. Twitter.com

Obviously, I use Twitter, so I only block this for my kids and guest devices on my network. However, many of you don’t know that there is a LOT of pornography on Twitter. Although the platform itself IS moderated, they allow some explicit content with warnings. This isn’t going to prevent someone from clicking if they want to see it.

Along these lines, I’d keep a close eye on Pinterest. There is a LOT of inappropriate content there as well, and a lot of parents don’t even know it’s there.

8. theChive.com

Claiming to be the #1 Men’s humor website in the world, theChive is somewhat curated and largely focuses on humor. However, there are definitely some very scantily clad women on the site, and girls bouncing around on pogo sticks and similar content. Definitely a nope in my book.

9. Discord & discordapp.com

Discord is a chat site, not too much unlike AOL instant messenger back in the day. They have “servers” which we would think of as “chat rooms” where people can communicate with each other. Originally created for gamers to chat with other people in and out of the actual game, it has become a place where predators groom children and where kids come across some seriously inappropriate chats, images and videos!

10. flickr.com

Finally, while not inherently bad, flickr suffers from the user-generated content curse. You can find nudity and more on the website, which earns it a block in my book. There is a ton of great art and artists on the platform, so you can open it up on parent devices and if your child wants to look something up they can do it on your device with you watching.

So, make sure you are blocking categories like dating, pornography, gambling, and weapons to cover a broad spectrum of inappropriate sites. Adding these to your list will increase your protection level.

Even blocking these sites isn’t going to save your children from pornography exposure. Please make sure to have FREQUENT conversations with your children about the dangers of pornography, and work out a plan to help your child reject it when they do come across it. Because they will.

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Sarah Werle Kimmel

Sarah Werle Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 20 years of her career working as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on local NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX news affiliates, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com


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  • Roblox is made for kids it has a feature called safechat for ages under 13 and you can’t talk to people on the platform unless in a game and most older players play games made for accounts over 13 so it is useless to bloxk roblox

      • In these following cases, the rest of my comment is invalid:
        -your kid(s) are 7 or younger,
        -your kid(s) have some mental illness that make them naieve or something,
        -your kid(s) have anger issues.
        -your kid(s) are intent on cheating/trolling/making others annoyed/distressed / etc..
        -you don’t want to listen to my hopefully helpful advice
        -Any other weird thing about your kids that would cause negative feelings.

        Wait… Isn’t that a bit strict? I respect your decision to keep your kids safe, and depending on how old they are, (for example, if they’re 7 or younger,) I can see why you disallow it; but Roblox isn’t exactly DeviantArt or P***hub. In fact, it’s geared towards children. The same age as kids 7-12 (or older, if you find the one game that’s for all ages). That means swearing, adult content, blood, etc. aren’t present at all in most games. And the exceptions are extremely rare.
        And if you do find something bad? There’s a report button you can find on games that’ll get Roblox searching for bad content, and if it finds any, then that game becomes no more. (You can also do it for other users too.) …just make sure they don’t report every jerk on the internet.)
        I’d also like to say that I’m not an expert at parenting, and I respect your decision to keep your kids safe (a second time). As for me, I’ve been playing since almost 10 years ago. I’m almost an adult now, and I haven’t encountered anything worthy of “get me out of this game this is terrible.” So… yeah.
        And if my ‘being a teenager’ makes my opinion less valid, well, that’s your choice, not mine. I’m just putting out my side of the story. And… side note from being a kid: being too strict will make your kids feel rebellious, unfortunately.