The UK’s four biggest broadband providers have joined forces to launch an organisation, dubbed Internet Matters, which designed to keep children safe while browsing the web.
The online portal created by Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin and BT provides tips and resources on internet safety which advising parents to ‘learn about it, talk about it, deal with it’.
The ISPs hope the launch of the online portal ill help the Internet Matters brand become a “household name” and encourage parents to talk to their children about keeping safe online.
ISPs have long been criticised by political parties and children’s campaigners for not doing enough to protect children’s safety online, which has led to the Government urging providers to introduce mandatory filters requiring users to opt-out to view adult content by the end of 2014. But such filtering has been criticised by some industry observers for being heavy handed, with reports noting that the software has blocked access to sex education and domestic abuse charity websites, as well as porn and illegal content. Source
“The internet is an amazing tool for children of all ages and is an overwhelming force for good. Internet Matters will help parents to understand the issues children can face online whether they’re five or 15,” said Carolyn Bunting, General Manager of Internet Matters.
The portal – an independent, not-for-profit enterprise – was launched by singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor at an event in London on Tuesday.