Home broadband 'now easy to make child-safe'

Friday, April 23rd 2010
It is easy for parents to ensure their home broadband service is safe for their children, an expert has said.
Home broadband 'now easy to make child-safe'
Parents who are concerned about how their children use their home broadband connection have been told it is easier than ever to ensure that they only view appropriate content.

"We are making it easier for parents to do the right thing," said Andrew Cooke, business manager at the British Board of Film Classification.

There are now all kinds of ways to implement technical filtering of home internet content, he revealed.

However, Mr Cooke believes the emphasis is on responsible parenting, not just the need to deliver the latest filtering technology.

"It is more about the parents having a discussion with their children and teaching them what is appropriate," he explained.

Earlier this year, a press release from the London School of Economics suggested that British parents are the most web-savvy in Europe when it comes to protecting their kids online.

It referred to a study released for Safer Internet Day 2009, which found that Britons take more practical action to screen their children from inappropriate internet content than anyone else in the EU.

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