Parents and small business owners often have similar concerns regarding wireless devices. Both are concerned about controlling costs and both are typically concerned about making sure their children or employees aren’t looking at inappropriate material. With the Verizon Wireless Content filters, it is easy for parents to take control of what their child is doing on their web connected phones and employers can do the same. The Verizon Wireless Content Filters work on feature phones and on smartphones, and can even lockout the Android Market if you want to. Best of all, you can change the settings anytime you want in your online account and the service is free.
How to Setup Content Filters on Verizon Wireless
With the Verizon wireless content filters, you can choose from the following settings
- C7+ - This material contains little or no violence, no strong language, no drug use, limited alcohol or tobacco use, no modeling content, little or no sexual dialogue and situations and no themes of a mature nature
- T13+ - This material may contain mild coarse language, moderate violence, mildly suggestive lingerie, drug use depicted without being designed to encourage use, some sexuality or suggestive dialogue or themes that may not be appropriate for younger children.
- YA17+ - This content may contain one or more of the following: crude language, graphic violence, sexual situations, criminal activity, drug abuse, sexual situations without nudity or themes that may not be appropriate for younger youth.
- Filters Off
The Verizon Wireless Content Filters will work on the following apps, services and internet options.
- V CAST Music
- V CAST Video
- V CAST Apps
- V CAST Song ID
- Media Store
- Mobile Web
- Media Center/Get It Now
- Wireless PC Card Content
- Short Code based messaging
If you are using an Android smartphone, you can even restrict app purchases from within the content filters.
It is nice to see that Verizon is offering this type of service free of charge. Keep in mind that web filters are not perfect and may restrict users from visiting appropriate sites or may allow them to visit inappropriate sites due to the constantly changing web. As Verizon suggests in the video, this is no substitute for the watchful eye of a parent, but can be of great help.