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Unavoidable choice for TalkTalk customers on Parental Controls
Friday 23 January 2015 22:25:12 by Andrew Ferguson

Sky recently moved to make the decision to set parental controls on for their existing customers who have not already made a decision over whether to use them or not and now TalkTalk are going to introduce a 'pop-up' box that will present customers with an unavoidable decision to make about whether to enable one of the control options or turn the parental controls off.

TalkTalk has been running its network based parental controls the longest of all the major providers and therefore probably has the least number of customers who have not already made a choice one way or another. The pop-up will only appear if you visit a site that would have been blocked by the filtering system, but it is not clear if you can dismiss it and carry on using child friendly sites, the ability to have access to a limited number of sites is important because the account holder with the login to authorise the control changes may not be at home.

While the Daily Mail and other media outlets are focusing on the blocking of porn, the parental control systems can block other forms of content, from online gaming, gambling, social media, file sharing sites and nuancing this in a family household may be challenging, even if it is possible to set different time zones. One snippet not mentioned in the TalkTalk blog is that customers will be asked to confirm their choice of settings every 12 months.

We hope that parents do not rely solely on these controls, otherwise we may see a generation that grows up to be 18 with limited abilities to cope with the sudden onslaught of full Internet when they leave home. For Internet providers they need to ensure that they are emphasising that while the controls are a useful tool for parents, they are not guaranteed to block all unsavoury content.

Comments

Posted by michaels_perry about 1 year ago
So if, like us, you don't have children or grandchildren then you still have to turn it off! Seems a waste of time and effort to me, especially as youngsters these days already know how to circumvent such controls.
I do not condone many activities on the internet but parents should take the responsibility themselves and teach children how to be careful on the web and elsewhere. That they don't acceprt their own responsibilities is why there is so much 'trolling'.
Posted by finners101 about 1 year ago
Yes it is difficult to turn it off isn't it? You have to click that 'turn it off' button when the pop-up appears! I've done it. The world didn't stop turning.
Not all youngsters know how to circumvent the filter in the same way not all youngsters know how to steal a car.
Parents and schools do teach children about the dangers to be found on the internet. This will help parents keep their curious young children safe from those dangers.
And yes, children are the only trolls on the net.
Posted by finners101 about 1 year ago
Yes it is difficult to turn it off isn't it? You have to click that 'turn it off' button when the pop-up appears! I've done it. The world didn't stop turning.
Not all youngsters know how to circumvent the filter in the same way not all youngsters know how to steal a car.
Parents and schools do teach children about the dangers to be found on the internet. This will help parents keep their curious young children safe from those dangers.
And yes, children are the only trolls on the net.
Posted by AWM_Mars about 1 year ago
and how old is finners101? lol.. j/k
Posted by AWM_Mars about 1 year ago
I have Talk Talk and have thought about what my son gets upto on the internet, moreso as the homesafe filtering is global and not applied per Mac address, so his filters are also mine and vice versa. He knows how to use his mobile to use the WiFi network to use the Internet, but also can use mine. Then there is his XBox, tablet, the ones his friends bring round, the ones at his school and the local library etc etc...
I believe that like all things parental, should be done by Educating, Life lessons and by example.
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