Entertainment & search engines

With most entertainment content such as films, TV programmes, and games now being accessed over the internet, children are now able to watch content wherever and whenever they’re online. To make sure they don’t stumble across things they shouldn’t, you can use our parental control guides to set the right controls on their sites and apps to keep them safe.

Step-by-step Guides

Click on the guides for step-by-step instructions to set controls on popular entertainment services & search engines

Search engines

Online platforms

Limitation of network filters

Limitation of network filters

Some content and sites can be encrypted, which means they’re coded in a way that prevents the controls from knowing what the content actually is, so filters will not necessarily apply. There are also ways of bypassing filters using what’s called a Virtual Private Network (VPN) if your child is technologically savvy enough.

They also don’t usually restrict purchases through apps or the use of certain programmes
that are already on the device. You’ll need to consider setting your device controls and
platform (such as Chrome or Netflix) controls too.

Search for Guides

Search here for parental controls guides for broadband, mobile, smartphones, social media, search engines and more, e.g Snapchat, Google, EE, Sky.

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