arental controls are available from most Internet providers and Internet-enabled devices including computers, smartphones, tablets and gaming systems. They can help reduce the risk of your children accessing inappropriate content when they are online but are not a full solution. It is important to note that older children will find a way around them!
What do Parental Controls do ?
It is important to be aware of the range of parental controls available. Parental controls are usually offered by internet service providers, computer operating systems, social networks, search engines, games consoles and more. They also offer different functions depending on the provider, these include:
Setting specific time limits on your children’s use.
Controlling/Blocking games your child can access.
Prevent children from using specific programs.
Manage content children can search for online.
Parental Controls from your Internet Service Provider
Setting Parental Controls through your internet service provider can be the easiest way to manage what your children can access across all your devices and computers in your home. This can be done easily and normally for free by most internet service providers. If your child has a smartphone they use outside the home, you should also consider putting parental controls in place on their device to ensure the same level of protection outside the home.
When enabling parental controls, use age-appropriate settings to filter, monitor and block your child’s activities. We recommend using parental controls especially for younger children all across all available devices, computers and tablets in the home.
Click on the relevant icon below to find out how to apply parental controls on your child’s device, wifi router, social media platforms and apps, but most importantly, keep talking to your children and have regular conversations about what they see and do online. Agree the rules and monitor their online behaviour.