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METHODOLOGY NOTE: ComRes interviewed 2,045 GB adults online between 24th and 26th January 2014. Data were weighted to be representative of all GB adults aged 18+. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

Date Published: 30 Jan 2014

Categories: Education | Public and communities | Social | Technology & Telecoms | UK



New poll reveals No.10’s online safety filters actually leave many children exposed


The Government's current approach to child internet safety is fundamentally flawed because it relies on an email system of notification to parents after a computer's filters have already been disabled which is dangerously ineffective according to a new opinion poll. 

CARE's latest polling in conjunction with ComRes exposes the weakness of the system behind the Prime Minister’s adult content default filters as one in six (16%) of all parents with children under the age of 18 say they would be unlikely to read an email from their Internet Service Provider (ISP) at all. This could equate to approximately 2 million parents not checking an email from their ISP, potentially leaving their children with access to explicit content despite the Prime Minister's promises to the contrary.

The polling also revealed that one in three people would not read an email from their ISP immediately. And 15% of parents say they are likely to leave an email from their Internet service provider unread in their inbox for at least a week after receiving it.


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