Internet Service Provider Tools
An Internet Service Provider (ISP) is the company who provides your broadband access to the internet. The main UK ISPs provide parental controls as part of an internet security package which could include software to protect your computer from viruses, spam and identity theft. Depending on the package you have with your ISP, the internet security programme may be free or charged monthly. Although one company provides your broadband, you may need to set up parental controls on EACH computer or device that connects to the internet.
BT has teamed up with McAfee. BT NetProtect Plus offers some parental controls as part of an online security package.
BT Parental Controls promises a more comprehensive range of tools allowing you to tailor protection settings to be age appropriate and cover any device connecting to your home hub.
To get either package you will need to log in to your BT account.
EE offer McAfee Family Protection free for the first year. However, there is a chargeable fee after one year at a discounted rate. Register and download McAfee Multi Access with Family Protection.
Plusnet Protect is a software solution powered by McAfee that has parental control settings within it. Plusnet Protect is bundled free with Unlimited packages, or costs £2 per month after the first 3 months if you're an Essential customer.
Sky has recently replaced McAfee Parental Controls with Sky Broadband Shield - a brand new tool that allows you decide which websites can and can't be seen in your home.
It's free for all Sky Broadband customers, works on all devices and allows you to set restrictions on the basis of clear age categories i.e. PG, 13 or 18.
Sky customers will need to sign in to activate Sky Shield.
TalkTalk's parental control package is called HomeSafe and is designed to block all connected devices in the home
from accessing inappropriate websites. You will need to log into your TalkTalk account to activate HomeSafe.
Virgin Broadband comes with Web Safe parental controls which block harmful content
from reaching any device connected to your home network.
To turn Web Safe on, you just have to sign in to your My Virgin Media account.