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Parents

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We all want our children to get the most from the wealth of technology available today.

The internet, digital TV, mobile phones and other technology are transforming everything from how they learn and play to how they keep in touch.

But as parents we also want to make sure children are shielded from material we wouldn’t want them to see or hear.

Protecting children

ParentPort logoHave you got a concern about something other than TV or radio programmes?

ParentPort is a website set up by Ofcom and other media regulators for parents, guardians and carers.

It provides information on media standards for the protection of children, and explains how to make a complaint or send your views to the right regulator.

Go to ParentPort

Protecting children from harmful or inappropriate material on TV and radio is one of Ofcom’s most important duties and we take it very seriously.

In this section you can find out how we do that – through our Broadcasting Code – and learn more about the research we regularly carry out with parents and other viewers and listeners.

This research helps us understand what audiences think is appropriate, as well as what they think about specific issues, like whether the TV watershed is at the right time.

Parental guidance

You can also take a look at some of the decisions we’ve published recently on TV programmes, as well as new guidance we gave broadcasters about music videos and programmes before the watershed.

There are also a number of advice guides on parental controls and protecting your children in a digital world.

What is the Broadcasting Code and how does it protect children?

Parents’ and teens’ views on the watershed

Recent decisions on protection of children

Ofcom guidance on the watershed for broadcasters

Check out our advice guides for parents

Submit a complaint about a TV or radio programme

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