The objective of this study is to help parents to choose the most appropriate parental control tool that best fits their needs.
This will be done by means of an expert assessment of products, tools and services that allow users to control children's access to inappropriate content online. As a result of each benchmarking cycle, a ranking list will be produced to help end users (notably parents) in the decision making process. The project will review parental control tools in 6-monthly cycles until the end of 2012 and results will be public.
1st cycle results
2nd cycle results
Results from the second benchmarking cycle released on 14 November show that parental control tools have become more effective at blocking adult content and other harmful content since the first tests conducted last year (see IP/11/32). However the tools are less efficient at filtering content related to racism and self-harm (sites promoting anorexia, suicide or self-mutilation). In general, the tools cannot filter all the different kinds of user generated content on the internet – while they can block access to things like social networks and streaming services, only very few tools are able to filter contacts in applications such as Skype and MSN.
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Read the executive summary of the report
Read the full report on the results of the second cycle of the benchmarking