“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.”
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There is lots of advice on the internet about the technical controls you should have in place to protect children and those that work with them on personal computers, but here are a few sites we would recommend
MS home security site Childnets Sorted Site
Get safe online campaign site Bectas information security guidance
For information about technical controls on mobile devices and games consoles see here. For information on larger scale content filtering systems see here.
There are some introductary videos to the subject and information about Safe Searching from Google here
YHGFL have a section on their site about technical controls here
OfCom have a guide to parents on protecting children in a digital world here
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 .
ESRB and PEGI
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 :
Parents BBFC and Childrens BBFC
If you would like advice on controling use on mobile phones and game consoles see here or on PCs see here