Sky, in an effort to make TV safer for children, has launched a brand-new Kids Safe Mode for its Sky Q box.
The new setting will enable parents to lock their Sky Q box in the Kids section to ensure a safe space for their children to watch age-appropriate TV at home. To activate Kids Safe Mode, adults can select the setting and then enter their TV PIN. Once the setting is locked in, all live TV channels, recordings, on-demand shows and apps that don’t qualify as kids’ content (up to age 12) are locked.
In addition to Kids Safe Mode, Sky is also planning to release a new parents’ guide with Common Sense Media to help parents make more informed choices about what their children watch. Sky has previously rolled out such family-friendly tools as the Sky Broadband Shield, a filter for websites that can be viewed at home; the Sky Kids App, a dedicated streaming service for children’s content; and parental control settings.
Stephen van Rooyen, chief executive for Sky in the U.K. and Ireland, said: “At Sky, we go further than anyone else to ensure we put families first when developing our services. Sky Q’s new Kids Safe Mode is a super simple way for parents to have ultimate peace of mind when their children are watching TV.”