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Spark supports parents in child protection from online pornography

Friday 10 August 2018 | 09:31 CET | News
New Zealand Children’s Minister Tracey Martin has raised the important issue of how to keep children safe from online pornography. Spark has announced that it shares the Minister’s view that this is a topic that deserves focus and consideration and urges the Minister to involve New Zealand internet and mobile service providers in the debate and conversation. Spark has recently launched an internet filtering service dubbed ‘Net Shield’, which is designed to protect the home from harmful online content.

Net Shield is designed to automatically filter customer’s internet access against inappropriate content such as abusive content, illegal activity and pornography and also ensures Safe Search is turned on. Additional categories such as alcohol and tobacco, weapons, gambling, chat and forums can also be blocked by parents who want more control. 

Net Shield Basic is free for all Spark broadband customers. And to control what they filter in more detail, customers can choose to pay for the Net Shield Premium service. Spark broadband customers can activate Net Shield in MySpark online.

Spark also offers a Spark Security Suite run by McAfee free to all Spark broadband customers. This includes parental controls functionality, which helps filter offensive content, pictures and websites on their computers. The controls allow parents to restrict access to content that may be harmful to children. There are also tools to limit kids' time online.

Finally, Spark participates in the Internal Affairs Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System (DCEFS), which blocks websites that host child sexual abuse images and clear instances of phishing. 



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Categories: Internet
Companies: McAfee / Spark
Countries: New Zealand
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