How to Block Dating Services

By Anne Kinsey

Internet safety is integral to looking out for your family and ensuring that they remain protected in all that they do online. Internet dating sites, while helpful for single adults, can be dangerous for curious young children and teenagers who may not be fully aware of the risks involved. They can also disrupt the balance of a family when adult members visit them inappropriately. Blocking dating services so that they cannot be reached on your home computers is not difficult and can protect your family members, as well as keep drama at bay.

Things You'll Need

  • Parental control software

Step 1

Download and install parental control software onto the computers in your home. The installation process may require you to reboot your computer. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Step 2

Choose administrative passwords that only you will know. This will ensure that children cannot tamper with settings in order to gain access to dating services without your permission.

Step 3

Open the control panel of your parental control software. Under the blocking section, direct the software to block dating services from your computer. The software will also give you other options for blocking material. You should also limit access to sites with adult content and social networking sites that may have dating service aspects to them.

Step 4

Select the email addresses that your family members are allowed to check. The control panel will feature a section specific to email regulations. You may also select which email addresses each family member can receive emails from. Placing parental controls on email will help to ensure that unwanted spam and other communications connected to dating services do not get through.

Step 5

Save your settings, close the control panel and then open your browser. Try going to a variety of dating service websites to ensure that they are appropriately blocked. If they are not, re-open the parental control software and block any unblocked website individually.

Step 6

Configure the notification settings on your parental control software so that you will be emailed every time someone in your family tries to access a dating service. These notifications can alert you to problems you may need to discuss with your loved ones and help you to ensure that dating services are appropriately blocked.