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BT introduces internet filter for all devices

BT has launched BT Parental Controls to help protect children online, offering internet filters for all devices.

Customers will receive free parental controls to apply to any of their internet connected devices using the home broadband.

All customers will be eligible to use the BT Parental Controls, which even extend to tablets, smartphones and game consoles as well as laptops and PCs.

New customers have the option whether to active the parental controls from the outset, although the option implemented automatically is to block all content not suitable for children. Users will have to actively not choose to apply parental controls.

“BT takes the issue of online child protection extremely seriously and we are very pleased to be able to launch the whole-home filter to help parents keep their families safe online”, said Pete Oliver, MD of Consumer Commercial Marketing and Digital at BT. “It adds to the many tools we already make available for free to our customers.”

Existing customers will be contacted during 2014, asking them to make a decision whether to implement the BT Parental Controls.

There are three levels of filter that can all be customised according to user need and additional websites can be added to the list of blocked or permitted access.

To keep children safe, the account holder’s details will be required to make changes to the Parental Controls settings, including setting the filter to turn off or on at specific times or days.

Whenever any settings are changed or the filter is turned off for any reason, the account holder will be notified by email.

“We’ve been focused on the issue of online safety since we developed the work’s first Cleanfeed filter to block child abuse images and made the technology available to other ISPs across the world a decade ago,” added Oliver.

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