Protecting children

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.

ParentPort logoHave you got a concern about something other than TV, radio or video on demand 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.

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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

Protecting children from harmful or inappropriate material on TV, radio and video on demand services 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 Video On demand Rules - 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, radio and video on demand programmes, as well as guidance we gave TV 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.