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As ISPs pledge to implement stricter parental controls, SimplifyDigital.com reveals its pick of child-friendly broadband packages

It has emerged today that the EU is keen on broadband ISPs to apply stricter measures when it comes to child safety online with 28 companies, from Nintendo to BT, pledging to contribute.

By on December 01, 2011 at 16:29 PM
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As ISPs pledge to implement stricter parental controls, SimplifyDigital.com reveals its pick of child-friendly broadband packages
  • The EU pushes ISPs to impose stricter parental control and content blocking solutions;
  • SimplifyDigital.com welcomes the goals companies set in to in order to make the Internet a safer place for children;
  • Simplifydigital.com's reveals its pick of child-friendly broadband packages.

 

The firms have included the following actions in their strategy:

  • Building a better abuse reporting system,
  • Basing privacy settings on age,
  • Parental controls which are easier to navigate,
  • Merciless bans for child abuse websites,
  • A generally better system to help classify content.

Amongst the 28 firms that will help to filter the internet to make it child-friendly are BSkyB, Google, Apple, BT, Facebook, Nintendo, Opera, Vodafone as well as Microsoft.

Geoff Slaughter, Head of Online at SimplifyDigital.com, an Ofcom accredited broadband comparison service, commented:

"It is encouraging to hear that such a variety of technology, software and telecommunications firms pledged to ensure that the World Wide Web is a safe place for children. Making privacy settings age-appropriate means that consumers can rest assured knowing that all of their family members can use the internet safely without being subjected to abusive content.

"However, it might be worth noting that ISPs have a huge journey in front of them in order to achieve this goal without blocking legitimate content thus causing losses in revenue to genuine businesses."



Simplifydigital.com's pick of child-friendly broadband packages
Provider Package overview Available parental control Installation Monthly Cost
Simplifydigital recommended! TalkTalk TalkTalk Essentials • Up to 24Mbps Speed • 40 GB download allowance • Free Evening & Weekend Calls to UK landlines • HomeSafe includes network level protection for all of the devices connected to TalkTalk broadband. • A website filter blocks harmful content and homework times can be set to block social networking and similar sites during specific hours. Free £3.25 for 12 months, £6.50 thereafter (plus £13.80 line rental)
Plusnet Plusnet Value & Evening and Weekend Calls • Up to 20Mbps Speed • 10 GB download allowance • Free Evening and Weekend calls to UK landlines • Plusnet's Parental Control powered by McAfee enables specific content to be blocked, tools to manage time children spend online and a facility to alert parents when children attempt to access restricted content. Free £3.25 for 9 months, £6.49 thereafter (plus £11.99 line rental)*
BT BT Broadband & Evening and Weekend Calls • Up to 20Mbps Speed • 10 GB download allowance • Free Evening and Weekend calls to UK landlines • BT's Family Protection powered by McAfee enables specific content to be blocked, tools to manage time children spend online and a facility to alert parents when children attempt to access restricted content. Free £4 for 4 months, £13 thereafter (plus £10 line rental)**
Sky Broadband Unlimited and SkyTalk Freetime • Up to 20Mbps Speed • Unlimited download allowance • Free Evening and Weekend calls to UK landlines • Sky's Parental Controls powered by McAfee is free 12 months and £3 per month thereafter. The software enables specific content to be blocked and manage time children spend online. Free £10 (plus £9.95 line rental)***

*Plusnet's line rental changes from 3rd December to £14.60
**Customers must take BT line rental saver, £120 to be paid in advance.
*** Customers must take Upfront Line Rental, £119.40 to be paid in advance.

 

Notes to editors:
Based on news from:
/news/articles/2011/12/eu-pushes-isps-to-apply-stricter-parental-control-and-content-blocking-measures/ (01-12-11)

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