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TalkTalk: 350,000 children saved from XXX sites

TalkTalk: 350,000 children saved from XXX sitesTalkTalk has announced that 350,000 UK homes are using HomeSafe, the 18-rated content filter that was launched a year ago today. TalkTalk’s Tricia Clarke says the figure, representing one third of TalkTalk subscribers, is “roughly equivalent to the number of households in the UK with children in them.”

HomeSafe offers parents the ability to configure access to ‘inappropriate websites,’ set up virus alerts and set a Homework Time filter, which locks out distractions during study time. The HomeSafe page also has features on ID theft, how to back up safely and cyber bullying.

As well as announcing the success of HomeSafe, TalkTalk’s fanfare comes as the UK Government debates whether or not this sort of thing should be mandatory for all ISPs.

A campaign spearheaded by Conservative MP for Devizes Claire Perry would see ISPs required to make access to 18-rated adult content strictly an opt-in process.

TalkTalk, quite rightly, says that teaching children about safe surfing is “the equivalent to road safety for our generation.”

TalkTalk: 350,000 children saved from XXX sites

TalkTalk: One million HomeSafe users in 2013

Most would agree, but would also say that it’s ultimately the parents responsibility to teach their children about internet safety, as much as it is teaching them the Green Cross Code. Maybe if the Government hired Darth Vader to talk about web safety the kids would pay attention.

Access to TalkTalk hasn’t yet been made an active choice for all TalkTalk customers, though its planning on changing this. TalkTalk’s goal is to get one million subscribers using HomeSafe by this time next year.

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