This report sets out the measures put in place by the UK's four largest fixed-line internet service providers (ISPs) - BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media - to introduce a family-friendly network level filtering service, which allows the account holder to choose to block web based content that might be inappropriate for children at a network level. It describes the approach taken by each ISP to the implementation of a filtering service and the presentation of an 'unavoidable choice' to new customers whether or not to activate the filter. It is not within the remit of this report to conduct an independent assessment of the efficacy of the measures taken by the ISPs.
This followed an agreement between the Government and the four ISPs, under which the ISPs committed to offering all new internet customers a family-friendly network level filtering service by the end of December 2013. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) asked Ofcom to report on the measures put in place by the ISPs.
This is the second of three reports that Government asked Ofcom to produce on internet filters and online safety. The first, published in January 2014 looked at parental strategies for protection of children online reviewing Ofcom's Media Literacy research from 2012 and 2013. The fourth and final report was published in 2015 and reviewed Ofcom's media literacy 2014 research on parental strategies for protection of children online.
First report Strategies of parental protection for children online: January 2014
Third report Strategies of parental protection for children online: January 2015
Fourth report Strategies of parental protection for children online: December 2015