Do You Have Family Friendly Internet Controls at Home?
An Ofcom report, published in January, highlighted that parents do not know that family friendly Internet controls exist.
Four in five children (81%) go online at home. Most access the internet through a mobile phone (27%) or a tablet (23%).Source: Ofcom
It’s encouraging to note that 85% of parents take action to protect their children online by regularly talking to their children about staying safe online, using technical tools such as filters, or taking responsibility for supervising online access.
You will no doubt be pleased to hear that the big four internet service providers (ISPs) – TalkTalk, Virgin, Sky and BT – have all agreed to introduce network level filters that will cover all internet devices in the home by the end of 2014. This will provide parents with an easier and simpler way to introduce parental controls on their children’s access to adult content.
This new approach means parents will no longer have to install filters on each device in their home. One universal selection will mean every device connected to the home’s Internet should be covered.
More good news is that the six companies that provide 90% of public Wi-Fi across the UK are now applying family friendly filters to public Wi-Fi.
Outside the home, all mobile network operators have agreed to ensure that adult content is filtered and users will have to prove they are over 18 to switch them off.
- TalkTalk, Sky and BT have already made network filters available, while Virgin will follow shortly.
- The ISPs have also agreed that all new broadband customers will have family friendly filters automatically selected; if you just click next or enter, the filters will be automatically on.
- The adult account holder can only change the filter settings.
So get filtering!