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, as discussed yesterday, to talk to your children about staying safe online and make sure they know that they can turn to you if they get into any difficulty.
To help you to ensure that your home broadband is safe we have help videos from the top four providers here:
Other apps and websites that are popular with children also provide tools that are helpful to activate in addition to filters.
In addition to content filtering offered by your ISP, many devices such as games consoles, smartphones and tablets have their own parental controls, for example to limit spending or restrict access to apps based on age rating. Likewise, many web browsers have built-in tools and features to help you control the kinds of content users can view.
Staying safe when out and about
If children are taking their devices out of the home, it's worth bearing in mind that they could connect to public wifi, for example, in a shop, cafe or restaurant. Look out for the Friendly WiFi symbol which shows that the wifi has filters in place to limit access to pornographic content.
Finally the Safer Internet Centre have produced a webpage with parent guides on making smart phones, tablets, pcs and even smart tvs safe for your children.