What can we do to protect our family from web content and apps on Smart TVs?

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My family is in the market for a new TV, but it appears that all of the Smart TVs I see on the market do a terrible job of offering protection from unwanted web and app content.  I've dialogued with manufacturer support teams and retail support teams, and no one seems knowledgeable about any good options for sale.  

Does anyone have any advice on a Smart TV that allows some reasonable parental control / restrictions whereby we could block unwanted apps and restrict the browser to a handful of safe sites?  Samsung support expressly told me this wasn't possible.  A quick look at Sony doesn't seem much better.  

When/how could CE help fill this gap?  It seems like a major one and will only become more prevalent in homes as time goes on!  We need a solution.
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Hi Accj,
    Thanks for the post! The short answer is that Covenant Eyes, because of the way that Smart TV's connect to the internet, cannot offer protection. Smart TV technology is becoming less and less common, so it is very likely that Covenant Eyes will ever offer protection for them. They are all a little different, but I do believe you can lock down internet access completely on some of the models, or you can purchase a regular TV and stream Netflix, Hulu, etc from a computer with Covenant Eyes installed. This will offer Covenant Eyes protection and allow you to keep yourself and your family accountable online without the security risks Smart TV's sometimes incur. 

I hope that helps!