Now TV broadband is a useful way to get high-speed internet in your home, without having to commit to a long-term contract. It's also a solid option for families, as it comes with built-in parental controls. You can use these controls to ensure your household is protected from inappropriate or harmful content online. In this article, we'll show you how to set up parental controls on Now TV broadband.
Why should I set up parental controls on Now TV broadband?
Parents can set up Now TV broadband parental controls to restrict what their children can watch online. This is important because some content on the internet is not appropriate for children. By setting up parental controls, parents can choose what websites their children can visit and what they can watch.
Parental controls can make sure that children are only seeing age-appropriate material. For example, parents can use Now TV broadband parental controls to block access to websites that contain adult or violent content.
This can give you peace of mind and make sure that your children are safe while having fun online.
What content can I restrict on Now TV broadband?
Now TV broadband offers a variety of content restrictions to help keep you and your family safe online. You can choose to block websites by category. Here are the different types of websites and more that you can choose to block:
- Online games
- Social networking
- Pornography & adult content
- Suicide and self-harm
- Weapons, violence, gore & hate
- Anonymizers, file sharing & hacking
- Drugs & criminal skills
- Phishing, malware & spyware
You can also restrict access to specific websites and apps for added peace of mind. By taking advantage of these content restrictions, you can create a safer and more enjoyable online experience for everyone in your household.
What is Broadband Buddy and how do I use it?
Now TV broadband also offers a service called Broadband Buddy. With Broadband Buddy, you can restrict which websites your family can view and when. It also helps protect you and your computer (or other devices) from dangerous malware-infected websites, as well as those that attempt to gather sensitive information without your consent.
Broadband Buddy is free to use and easy to set up — simply view or change the settings of your Broadband Buddy directly in the "My Account" section on the Now TV website. There, you'll be able to choose the appropriate age rating for your household, block certain content, and even set "grown-up browsing times" for when your children won't be using the internet.
How do I block a website?
If you want to block a specific website on Now TV broadband, go to the "My Account" section on the Now TV website and select "Internet Settings." From there, you will see an option to add websites to your blocked list. Simply enter the URL of the website that you wish to block and click "Add".
This is a great way to manage your kids' screen time, as addictive websites such as certain social media platforms or gaming sites can easily be blocked if you'd prefer your children didn't have access to them. It can help prevent common dangers the internet presents such as cyberbullying, child predators, and online scams.
How do I block particular groups of websites?
You can also block websites by category, such as adult content, gambling, or violence. To do this, go to the "My Account" section on the Now TV website and select "Content Restrictions." From there, you will be able to choose which categories of websites you wish to block.
Each age rating restriction (PG, 13 and 18) blocks certain categories by default, but you can always add or remove specific categories or websites as you see fit. This means you have complete control over what your family can access online.
How do I schedule different settings for different times of the day?
Apply the 18 age restriction at specific hours of the day using the "grown-up browsing time "option. Go to your Broadband Buddy menu to turn on grown-up browsing time. Make sure you have PG, 13, or Custom as your age rating and, under grown-up browsing time, choose "turn on". Select your desired start and end time and press save to enable.
If you're unsure what age limit to set for different content, refer to our guide on online age limits.
Can I choose different settings for my children?
No, all family members will have the same content restrictions. So, for example, if you block gambling websites, then nobody in your household will be able to access those websites, except for during "grown-up browsing time" periods. This is so that you can manage your children's internet usage all in one place, without having to worry about different settings for each family member.
If you'd like to ensure your children are safe on their devices while grown-up browsing time is on, you can use parental controls for iPhones and Android devices. You can also use the integrated parental controls that iPhones and iPads have. This will also let you monitor and restrict your children's internet usage, even when they're not using Now TV broadband.
Learn more about GoHenry parental controls
GoHenry is a prepaid kids' debit card that comes with a host of features to help parents manage their children's money. With GoHenry, you can set spending limits and block certain types of transactions. For example, you can block cash withdrawals or online payments to certain websites. You can also set a maximum transaction amount to prevent your child from spending too much money at once.
This helps you stay in control of your children's online and offline spending, prevent them from accessing inappropriate content and avoid unwanted purchases. Find out more about GoHenry's parental controls and how they can help you manage your family's finances.