Safer Internet Day: 70% of children want filters to protect them online

As research suggests children want parental controls to keep them safe online, we’re supporting Internet Matters’ campaign help parents ensure their devices are ‘Set Up Safe’.

New research to mark Safer Internet Day 2018 has found that although nearly 7 out of 10 children aged 11-16 think parental controls are a good idea, 6 out of 10 parents don’t set them.*

The research conducted by online safety organisation Internet Matters, which is supported by BT, also found that a third of children think they should be aged 15 before they are able to go online without restrictions, while 24% think parental controls should only be taken away once they reach the age of 17.

To help parents keep their children safe online, Internet Matters has launched a series of guides available at internetmatters.org/setupsafe.  Launched today for Safer Internet Day, coordinated by the UK Safer Internet Centre,  there are 75 guides in total covering different apps, networks, platforms and devices, all packed with advice on setting up content filters and privacy settings.

Carolyn Bunting, CEO of Internet Matters, said parents can find technology overwhelming, which is why they might not apply parental controls.

“Our new Set Up Safe guides are designed to show parents how to set parental controls, for a whole range of the most popular apps and devices, in a really clear and easy to follow way,” she said.

“As ever, it’s important parents remember this is just one of the tools in the online safety toolkit and parents need to ensure they are having regular, frank and open conversations with their children about their digital world to ensure they are staying safe online.”

CEO of BT Consumer Marc Allera, says BT is proud to support Safer Internet Day 2018. “We are committed to keeping families safe online and Safer Internet Day provides a key moment to inspire a national conversation about these important issues.”

To mark Safer Internet Day in the UK, a youth event will be held at BT Centre by the UK Safer Internet Centre, co-ordinators of Safer Internet Day.

Primary and secondary school pupils will be meeting Margot James (below with BT's CEO Gavin Patterson), the Minster for Digital and sharing their views on the role digital technology plays in their lives to a hundred key policy makers. 

Gavin Patterson and Margot James - SID launch

“We hope the day will inspire parents and carers to have open an honest conversations about online safety and highlight the ongoing work to make the internet a better and safer place for children” says Allera.

BT is dedicated to supporting internet safety in schools, being demonstrated at the event, will be an educational game called Safety Snakes, developed by the Barefoot Computing Programme, to help teach children about online safety.

To support Safer Internet Day, EE, which is part of the BT Group, will be introducing specialised training in mobile and online safety to staff in 600 retail outlets aimed at parents buying children their first phone.

BT Parental Controls

Don’t forget, BT Broadband customers can use BT’s free Parental Controls to help keep children safe online. The network-based filter applies to all devices connected to your BT Hub and when you use the BT Wi-fi app. Find out more

View Internet Matters’ Set Up Safe guides

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