Childnet has been working with BT, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin Media, to produce short video clips outlining where you can find the free parental controls, what they do and how you set them up.
The Nominet Trust funded project looks specifically at how vulnerable, excluded young people are using social media and how those working with them in Pupil Referral Units can best support them. This latest chapter includes two films; one from students (a fun stop-motion animation) and a longer reflective piece in which both students and staff from the Bridge Academy discuss underage use of adult games and how teachers respond to the issues which many of these games can bring up.
As changes in the law to mean that anyone who sells a designated 12+ title to younger children will face fines of up to £5,000 and a jail sentence it is important that advice is integrated into E-safety programmes.
Stephen Carrick-Davies has also written about his hope that school can begin to better support both students and parents about how violent video games may influence children.
Read more about the project and see the videos here
“As the school holidays loom large, a recent significant independent review looking at the commercialisation and sexualisation pressures on children to grow up too quickly concludes, amongst many recommendations, that industry should ensure that parents make an ‘active choice’ when it comes to parental controls or filtering options.”
For more see here
YHGFL have annouced their findings about a change to Google Images here
However reservations have been raised about suitability of Bing Safesearch, which is one of the alternatives that is suggested.
If you have a large number of computers you may outgrow the technical controls recommened for home and small office use here
There are a number of commercial products that would help you manage your ICT systems from an e-safety point of view if you also have the staff to operate them effectively. These include (without any particular recommendation)
When implementing a filtering solution, keep in mind a preference for managing access to content rather than blocking where content is not inappropriate for the age. See
There are three main content rating schemes that help you decide if content is appropriate for children; the US ESRB scheme and the EU PEGI scheme .
You can also look up the details of any rating for games and videos sold in the UK on the BBFC website for parents and children can also learn a lot from the related childrens site :
OfCom have produced two leaflets aimed at parents about how to restrict content and services available and where to go for help. You can find them at
Note: some of the links on the back pages need updating. Our best guesses at what was intended if they have changed is:
The PEGI Good Gaming Guide also has a summary for parents
For advice on controling use of PCs see here