devices & computers

Children are gaining access to and owning their own devices from a ever younger age. Devices can be great for learning and development, however parents should be aware of the content available online and the chance of your child seeing something they shouldn’t when online.

Useful

of parents of 5-15s found parental controls built into the device useful ¹

Awareness

of parents are unaware of parental control software to restrict app installation ²

Blocking

of parents feel controls to stop in-app purchases blocks the right content ³


Pre-installed parental controls are available for most devices, laptops and consoles and are part of the system when you buy them. You can often download e-safety apps and software to supplement these controls. But the most important thing is to set the controls on the device itself.

Device controls can cover a variety of functions, however usually they restrict access to specific features and functions that exist on the device. You might also be able to control whether your child can download new apps, or prevent them from purchasing something in the app store.

In general, device controls won’t filter out specific types of content through the internet. You’ll also need to set these controls separately on the platform they use (such as Chrome or Netflix) or on the WiFi source.

Here you’ll find the relevant links to the parental controls instructions for the major devices.

Build your own parental controls guide

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Parental controls setup guides for the major tablets and smartphones:

Parental controls setup guides for the major gaming consoles:

Parental controls setup links for the main laptop and tablet operating systems:

  1. Ofcom Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report (Oct 2014) p.169
  2. Ofcom Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report (Oct 2014) p.172-173
  3. Ofcom Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report (Oct 2014) p.174