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Kitemark gives parents confidence in online safety tools

Every parent wants their children to get the most out of the internet without worrying that they may stumble across harmful content and inappropriate websites.

One way you can do this is to use software which filters the web content your children can access – but how do you know which software to choose?

A new symbol has been launched which aims to help consumers identify internet filtering software that has been designed to a high standard and which is both effective and easy to use.

Kitemark

The BSI Kitemark for child safety online is only awarded to filtering software that is easy to install, easy to use and effective in blocking inappropriate online content such as pornography, violence and racism.

It been developed through collaboration between the British Standards Institution ( BSI), the Home Office, Ofcom and representatives from ISPs and application developers.

The first BSI Kitemark for child safety online was this week awarded to web security service Netintelligence, which was vigorously tested to ensure that it met the required standards.

Parental controls

If you want to learn more about parental controls and how you can help your children manage their media, have a look at our advice guides.

The guides examine parental controls for digital TV, mobile phones and games consoles and portable media players

We also have a guide on how to keep children safe when using mobile location based services.

Read more about these guides

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