Parental Controls

Give your child a safe space to explore their curiosity online.

Our step by step parental controls 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.


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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 inappropriate content, online grooming, cyberbullying and other online safety issues.

Remember that parental control settings are only one part of online safety. Make sure to keep having regular conversations about their online lives to stay on top of any issues that come up.

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

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

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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.

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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Gaming console

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Using controls & settings alongside other strategies

Parental Controls and Privacy Settings are useful 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.

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Learn about the issues

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Get tailored advice

Use this tool to get a personalised online safety toolkit to help children benefit from the online world.