ParentPort helps parents keep children safe online

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The online media complaints portal –ParentPort– has launched a one-stop shop for parents to help them keep children safe when online, watching films and playing video games.

Despite a large volume of useful tips and online safety advice already being available online, this information is often fragmented and difficult to find.

ParentPort has brought this information together and organised it into a number of easily accessible top tip categories to help parents learn more about setting up online controls, improving mobile safety and keeping children safe on social networking sites.

Social networking

Children aged 8-11 estimate that they have not met around one in eight (12%) of their social network friends in person (an average of 11 people per child) while 12-15s say they have not met around one in four (25%) - an average of 72 people per child1. ParentPort provides tips on how parents can help protect their children from the risks that this can present.

Parental controls

One in ten (10%) parents say they do not have parental controls installed on the computer or laptop used by their child either because they don’t know how to do this, or are not aware that it is possible, rising to 21%-25% for fixed/mobile games consoles and 35% for mobile phones1.

ParentPort provides a number of top tips on parental controls, including a new guide to ‘Protecting your child in the digital world’.

Mobile safety

Children’s access to the internet is not restricted to PCs or laptops. Since 2011, there has been a 50% rise in 12-15 year olds owning smartphone devices1. Almost two-thirds (62%) of this age group now has one – up from 41% the previous year. This is significantly higher than the UK average for adults of 50%2.

ParentPort provides a number of top tips on how children can stay safe when accessing the internet using a mobile.

About ParentPort

ParentPort was jointly developed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the Authority for Television On Demand (ATVOD), the BBC Trust, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), the Office of Communications (Ofcom), the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) and the Video Standards Council (VSC)/Pan-European Game Information (PEGI).

James Stinson is a Regulatory Affairs Manager at Ofcom

1. Forty-six per cent of parents whose children use the internet at home agree with the statement ‘My child knows more about the internet than I do’, rising to 67% of parents of 12-15 year olds who use the internet at home. Source: Ofcom’s Children and parents: media use and attitudes report 2012

2. Source: Ofcom Technology Tracker Wave 3 2012.