Ex-rugby player and dad Austin Healey champions parental controls

Setting up parental controls is straightforward, but research shows the vast majority of homes still don’t use them. Ex-rugby player Austin Healey’s teamed up with BT to help change that.

Ex-England and Lions rugby union international Austin Healey is urging BT customers to keep their kids safe on the internet by setting up BT Parental Controls.

The former Leicester Tigers star and dad-of-four is the face of BT's campaign to get more people with BT broadband using its 'network-level' filter, which blocks porn and other inappropriate content on every device connected to your BT Home Hub.

All the main broadband providers in the UK now offer free parental controls, but recent research by Ofcom, the UK communications regulator, found that over 80% of families with access to parental controls had left them switched off.

Austin Healey said: "If you have young children, I would really urge you to spend a couple of minutes setting up your BT Parental Controls.

"As a parent, there are an endless number of things to worry about - so don't make the internet one of them. It really is matter of a few clicks of a mouse to protect your children online, and it'll give you the peace of mind of knowing they're using the internet more safely."

In the past, parental controls had to be installed on each device connected to the internet, but modern network-level systems block unsuitable content on every one - smartphones, tablets, games consoles and other wireless gadgets - as soon as they connect.

BT Parental Controls can be set to automatically turn on and off at particular times to act as a 'watershed' or a designated homework hour when all internet access is blocked.

New customers are offered the option of setting up BT Parental Controls from the first time they switch on their BT Home Hub router. If you're an existing customer, you can turn them on by logging into you My BT account on BT's website.

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