FOR PARENTS & CARERS: PARENTAL CONTROLS AND FILTERING
How to set up the parental controls offered by your internet provider
On this webpage you can find out how you can help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed online on computers in your home.
The four big internet providers in the UK – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media – provide their customers with free parental controls which can be activated at any time:
How to set up the parental controls offered by Virgin Media
Find out more: Virgin Media Parental Controls
We know that children, particularly younger children, can be bothered by things they see online, and filters can be a helpful tool in reducing the chances of coming across something upsetting.
Remember that filtering is only part of the solution.
No filter or parental controls tool is 100% effective, and many of the risks that young people face online are because of their own and other’s behaviour. It is therefore important to talk to your children about staying safe online with your child and make sure they know that they can turn to you if they get into any difficulty.
Other services that are popular with young people also provide tools that are helpful to activate in addition to filters.
Click on the link to find out more about:
- YouTube Safety Mode,
- Google SafeSearch,
- 4OD Parental Control,
- BBC iPlayer Parental Guidance Lock,
- ITV Player PIN number protection and
- Sky Go Parental Controls.
Some of the filters provided may not help protect other devices that can connect to the internet in your home, like an iPod Touch, Xbox or a smartphone for example. Many devices such as games consoles, smartphones and tablets have their own parental controls or options for filtering content. Likewise, many web browsers have built-in tools and features to help you control the kinds of content users can view.