Quarter of parents worried about children evading content filters

Does your child know how to bypass content filters? According to a new report by telecoms regulator, Ofcom, a quarter of parents think their children can easily get around the filters provided by leading broadband providers.

The research examined the impact of the content filters introduced by providers such as TalkTalk, BT and Virgin Media last year to ease the government's worries about youngsters accessing content they should not, and it suggests that they aren't particularly effective.

While parents appear concerned about their children's ability to bypass content, just half of those surveyed understood what content filters were and how to use them. The UK's major providers installed the filters during the first quarter of 2014, but only 21% of parents are actually using them.

Of those that did, 93% admitted that they do find them useful while 73% said they block just the right amount of content. That said, 24% of parents confessed that their children could find a way to access blocked content if they wanted to.

The majority of parents are unaware of blocking content on smartphones and tablets. Mobile devices are used by 65% of 12 to 15 year olds but only a third of parents are aware of safety tools while just 15% are using them.

The research also found that children are also getting better at covering their tracks online. More than 30% of young teenagers said they know how to delete their browsing history while 12% admitted they had done so during the last twelve months.

Source: Expert Reviews

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