Updated: 04/22/2014 02:02

MDA suggests ways to raise awareness of ISPs' parental control tools

MDA suggests ways to raise awareness of ISPs' parental control tools

An opt-out option is one of several enhanced parental control measures on internet usage that is being considered by the Media Development Authority or MDA. 

This means internet service providers will have to turn on parental control services at the point of subscription or renewal - unless the customer has opted out of it. 

The MDA launched a public consultation exercise to seek public views on the proposed enhanced measures on Monday.

MDA's Chief Executive Koh Lin-Net says the current pick-up rate for parental control services is low. 

Only about 100,000 subscribers have signed up for them. 

"Today, there are young children, as young as three or four, are already accessing the internet. We wanted to make sure that parents are aware that parental control solutions are out there. The intentions of the public consultation is to generate some awareness of this topic of parental controls, and also to seek public views on which solutions they might prefer the MDA to put in place. " 

Other measures include having service providers offering some free parental control services. 

MDA says these should allow parents to block off the types of content they do not want their children to access. 

Filtering typically costs $2 to $5 a month. 

Another proposal is for "adult content" to be filtered by default when parental controls are switched on. 

The public consultation closes on 9 May at 5pm. 

More informations is available atwww.mda.gov.sg

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