Sky s filter fared much better, blocking 99% of sites, but it did block six porn-addiction sites. BT Parental Controls can be customised to suit each individual family s needs. Image caption BT launched a porn filter for users earlier this week Among the sites TalkTalk blocked as pornographic was BishUK no sign up sex websites no email. Justin Hancock runs BishUK and was not aware his site was being blocked by some filters until he was alerted by Newsnight. We continue to develop HomeSafe and welcome feedback to help us continually improve the service. It s really frustrating because I m trying to provide a sex education site for young people and it s hard enough directing young people to good quality information on the internet Justin Hancock, BishUK We re focusing so heavily on filters and all of the ISPs having them and public wi-fi having filters that the message getting through to parents is that those filters will do the job. The four major internet companies have started to roll out so-called porn filters to their users. Victoria Shotbolt, chief executive of the Parent Zone, said: It s great that the four ISPs have got together and are doing an awareness-raising campaign. BT launched its filter this week, Virgin has a pilot programme ahead of a full launch early in 2014, and Sky s was turned on a month ago. That s why we have a quick and easy way for misclassified sites to be unblocked.
He said: It s really frustrating because I m trying to provide a sex education site for young people and it s hard enough directing young people to good quality information on the internet. Advertising campaign In the new year the four major ISPs will fund a Â£25m advertising campaign to explain the filters and other aspects of children s safety online. Any Sky home has the ability to fully customise their filters. All new customers will be prompted to decide whether to opt in or out, while existing customers of major ISPs will be presented with an unavoidable choice about whether to sign up. A TalkTalk spokesman said: Sadly there is no silver bullet when it comes to internet safety and we have always been clear that no solution can ever be 100%. But it isn t even starting to be enough. Over-blocking problem They might fix my site in the short-term but what about all the other sites that are out there for young people, not just sex education sitesâ¦ who are TalkTalk to say what is allowed and isn t? The UK Council for Child Internet Safety has a working group to discuss over-blocking no sign up sex websites no email. Last month, Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed family-friendly filters and said they were important to stop children stumbling across hardcore legal pornography. com, an award-winning British sex education site, which receives more than a million visits each year. TalkTalk s filter is endorsed by Mr Cameron but it failed to block 7% of the 68 pornographic websites tested by Newsnight.
. But BBC s Newsnight has discovered all the major ISPs that have launched full default filters are also failing to block hardcore porn-hosting sites. The company also blocked a programme run by sex education experts, and taught to 81,000 American children, that has been in development for more than 20 years. The filters were brought in following increased parental awareness of the ease with which children can access pornography online. Find out more about this issue on Newsnight on BBC2 at 22:30 GMT on Wednesday 18 December. A BT spokesman said: Categorisations are constantly updated to keep pace with changing content on the internet and we will investigate any concerns and make changes as necessary. A Sky spokesman said: We know that no one single technology currently provides all the answers. TalkTalk s filter started in May 2011. Porn filters block sex education websites By Mike Deri Smith BBC Newsnight 18 December 2013 Close share panel Media captionJim Reed reports for Newsnight on some of the problems with the filters Pornography filters used by major internet service providers are blocking websites offering sex education and advice on sexual health and porn addiction, the BBC has learned. .