‘Bleep!’ helps keep kids safe online

A new service allows parents to ensure safe internet use for their children.

According to the latest NZ Children’s Media Use Study, two thirds of six to 14-year-olds use the internet every day. With technology and mobile devices becoming more and more accessible to the younger generation, we need to figure out ways to manage the flow of damaging information.

Bay of Plenty internet service provider EOL will be introducing a new service at the end of January that can do just that.

Called ‘Bleep!’, it is a content filtering service which allows all EOL customers to opt in at no cost to family-safe zones when using the internet, either on a full-time basis or at specific times of the day. These zones will offer differing levels of family security, from blocking pornography right up to limiting access to a wide range of content that parents may feel is inappropriate for their family.

Terry Coles, technical director at EOL, says “There are other blocking systems offered by other New Zealand internet service providers but they are of limited use and only partly effective. Our equipment is head and shoulders, world class above any other solution available.”

Bleep! Is not just available to residential customers. “For businesses we can offer the additional benefit of blocking sites that reduce productivity such as online shopping or social media, and from downloading copyright-protected content that makes the business owner liable for infringement,” says Terry.

Visit www.eol.co.nz to find out more.



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