THERE ARE LOTS OF PARENTAL CONTROLS AND OTHER ONLINE TOOLS TO HELP YOUR CHILD HAVE A SAFER AND MORE PRIVATE ONLINE EXPERIENCE, MANY OF WHICH ARE FREE AND EASY TO SET UP.
Many internet service providers (ISPs) in the UK offer free parental controls.
If you’re a BT, Sky, TalkTalk or Virgin Media customer, you can decide what kind of Web content your family can access. We’ve put together an overview of each set of controls and links to further information.
Whether you’re a Windows or Mac user, you can make the most of built-in parental controls.
Find out how to do things like restrict your child’s Web access, set time limits and block specific programs so that you can help protect your son or daughter online.
Parental controls are available in some Web browsers, such as Internet Explorer and Chrome.
Follow our step-by-step guides to set up the controls on your child’s computer and click on the links to the Microsoft and Google websites for more information.
Kids love searching for information online – whether it’s for homework or just for fun – so make the most of safety controls on the main search engines.
We show you how to activate safe search on Bing, Google and Yahoo so that you can have greater peace of mind when your child is searching the Web.
The main social networks offer lots of tools and resources to help younger users have a safer and more private online experience.
Take a look at our short guides to Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter and don’t forget, the minimum age limit on these social networks is 13.
Got a young YouTube fan in your family? You’ll want to make sure they can only access appropriate videos.
Learn how to set up YouTube Restricted Mode on your child’s computer and find out where to find more information on the Google (YouTube) website.
FILM, TV & RADIO
Many providers offer parental controls to block inappropriate programmes and films.
Find out how BBC iPlayer and Netflix can help the younger members of your family to avoid unsuitable film, TV and radio content.
You can use parental controls to manage a range of functions on smartphones, tablets and games consoles.
Learn how to manage your child’s access to websites, apps and things like location services on their favourite digital devices.
THIRD PARTY CONTROLS
Looking for a dedicated parental control solution to help you block inappropriate content?
Check out our links to some well-known third party solutions, including Net Nanny, Norton Family and McAfee Family Protection.