Using Parental Controls & Privacy Settings

Give your child a safe space to explore their curiosity online. Our step by step guides will help you to set up the right controls and privacy settings on the networks, gadgets, apps, and sites they use to give them a safer online experience.

Using Parental Controls & Privacy Settings

Give your child a safe space to explore their curiosity online. Our step by step guides will help you to set up the right controls and privacy settings on the networks, gadgets, apps, and sites they use to give them a safer online experience.

What are parental controls?

Parental controls are the names for a group of settings that put you in control of what content your child can see. Combined with privacy settings these can help you protect your children from the things they shouldn’t see or experience online.

More than nine in ten parents of 5-15s who use parental control software consider it useful ¹

65% of young people aged 11-16 are in favour of the controls ²

15% of Teens say parental controls and restrictions should only be taken away once they’re over 18 years of age ³

How to set parental controls

Many parents are put off using controls and settings as they think they will be difficult to set up, or complicated to use. With our step by steps guides, we can help make it simple and straightforward.

 

We’ve created over 70 parental control how-to guides for major networks, devices, services and entertainment providers in your home.

Smartphones and other devices

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Entertainment & Search engines

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Broadband & mobile networks

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Social media

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Using controls & settings alongside other strategies

Parental Controls and Privacy Setting can be very effective tools to help minimise the risks your children may face, but they are not 100% effective. It’s really important to teach your child skills like critical thinking and resilience, so they know what do if they encounter risk. Always encourage them to talk to you about anything they find upsetting online.

Talking digital with kids

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Learn about the issues

Read up about the issues they may face online and the best way to approach the subjects with your child.

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More to explore

Here are more resources to help you keep your child safe online.

Tech

See tech guide for age-appropriate devices

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Age

View online safety age guides to learn about online risks

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Social Media

Get tips on keeping kids safe on Social Media

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Stories

Read stories from parents about controls

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