From 24 July 2019, we're turning on Google and Bing SafeSearch on BT Parental Controls. All customers with BT Parental Controls turned on will immediately benefit.
What problem are we addressing?
Currently BT Parental Controls on BT broadband, filters inappropriate content by blocking websites that are categorised as inappropriate for children. However, it doesn't stop the filtering out of pornography and sexually explicit material via Google or Bing search engine results.
This is because internet search engines extract images and other content from websites, which would otherwise be blocked if you were going to them directly. It means that while you won’t be able to get to the websites hosting the images, the images can still appear on Google search engine results. The same is true for other search engines, like Bing.
To solve this problem, Google and Bing search engines have a feature called “SafeSearch”, which filters pornography and sexually explicit material from search engine results. Today, parents with a Google account (email address and password) can turn on SafeSearch on any browser by visiting the Google search page and clicking the Settings tab and clicking Search Settings.
It's possible to do the same thing for Bing by editing your local “hosts” file and setting an entry for "www.bing.com" that uses "string.bing.com" as the resolver.
SafeSearch isn’t designed to be 100% accurate, but it greatly helps protect children from inappropriate content and it’s also promoted by www. internetmatters.org as part of helping parents keep their children safe online.
To keep SafeSearch on all the time, Google also has a feature that lets parents lock the SafeSearch settings, which means SafeSearch can’t be turned off without their permission. But it can be overridden by deleting cookies.
How is BT Parental Controls changing to benefit customers?
For BT Parental Controls we’re introducing SafeSearch and making it part of the product. This means, regardless of the filter level or time-based filter you've turned on, you'll always benefit from SafeSearch so long as you're on BT broadband and have BT Parental Controls turned on.
All devices at home using BT broadband or any of the five million BT Wi-Fi hotspots will automatically benefit from SafeSearch. Any SafeSearch settings that might already be in place will be overridden, and to turn off SafeSearch you'll need to turn off Parental Controls or customise the time Parental Controls comes on.
How to turn on BT Parental Controls?