Parental Controls, how to install them on the four major providers
If the words are of Helen Goodman MP are taken as fact then it is clear that many millions of parents need to visit http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parental-controls to watch some videos that cover how to install parental controls on the four major broadband providers in the UK.
"We know that most parents want to do what is right by their children, because 66% of people, and 78% of women, want an automatic block, according to a YouGov poll conducted last year, but the industry is not helping them enough.
At the moment, some still require people to download their own filters—a near-impossible task for many of us—some see it as a marketing device, and others want to give the option of filters only to new customers. At the current rate of turnover, it would be 2019 before that approach had any hope of reaching total coverage. It simply is not good enough."
There are many more solutions available, but the controls supplied by the four major providers cover 90% of the UK broadband market. Interestingly when you search for parental controls on Google, the link to the videos comes very high up the first page of results, and the parental controls available to users of Windows 7 appear top of the list. Google also has a dedicated Family Safety section to help parents understand the various options including how to report inappropriate content on services Google run.
"Most filters are too complicated for someone like me to implement—a point that I kept making during the inquiry. I simply cannot do that thing where you have to type in about 25 digits and letters in order to make a filter work; and that is chronically true of mums."Fiona Mactaggart MP
This comment by the MP for Slough is worrying, because if true it suggests that a fairly simple copy/paste task or even just re-typing a sequence that forms a software access key is more than many people can achieve. The 25 digits is probably a reference to the registration key required for the McAfee software during its install.