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Sky Broadband introduces Sky Shield parental controls

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Sky Broadband has rolled out a new set of parental controls, allowing users to restrict access to adult material in their household.

Sky Shield lets account holders grant access to content that falls into three certificated categories - 'PG to under 13s', '13 to 13 and over', and '18 to Adults only'.

Sky Hub broadband router

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Customers can also customise their filters as a fourth option, blocking access to 10 different categories of adult content, and manually creating exceptions from specific types of programming.

"Protecting customers from inappropriate content in the digital world is something Sky has always taken extremely seriously," said Lyssa McGowan, director of Sky Broadband. "Sky has already played a leading role in protecting Sky homes from inappropriate content, as we know that's what our customers expect of Sky.

"Now we're going one step further by offering our customers great new technology which means they can feel confident that all their devices in the home are protected.

"Sky Broadband Shield is a brilliantly simple tool that allows customers to easily choose how much of the internet to let into their homes."

Sky Hub broadband router

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The filter will be switched on by default in 2014, requiring users to opt-out of the service if it is unwanted, in accordance with guidelines laid out by Prime Minister David Cameron earlier this year.

Although the filter can be switched off entirely, Sky recommends keeping it running at its most basic level to provide additional protection against malware.

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