Sky Broadband Shield Guide

If you currently have Sky broadband services, you may not be aware of the Sky Broadband Shield. We have got a quick look guide to this invaluable extra.

What Does The Sky Broadband Shield Do?

Laptop ShieldThe Sky Broadband Shield gives you the option of being able to control your families online experiences across all internet connected devices in your home. You can also use the shield to protect yourself against phishing and sites that may have malware and other viruses.

Sky is part of the Internet Matters scheme that offers advice and support to anyone looking for more information about the ever changing online world. BT, TalkTalk and Virgin Media are also supporters of the scheme.

Why Should I Use The Sky Broadband Shield?

The aim of the Sky Broadband Shield is to provide parents and carers with the peace of mind that their children or dependants won’t encounter anything they shouldn’t whilst online.

The internet is equally wonderful and terrifying when you think about how much information and entertainment can be easily accessed in a few clicks, taps and swipes. But, as always, when there is a wealth of information and entertainment, there is also things that parents and carers wouldn’t want their children and dependants to see. Whether this is adult content, cyber bullying, radicalisation or other forms of inappropriate content, Sky Broadband Shield can be altered to suit whatever your needs and requirements are.

The Sky Broadband Shield can also be used to protect your computer from intrusive websites and online viruses. So you can rest assured that even if you have a family member who isn’t very web literate and believes that they too can get $1,000,000 working from home, your computer won’t end up infected.

What Devices Does The Sky Broadband Shield Work On?

Child Covering Eyes On ComputerThe Sky Broadband Shield works on any device that is connected to your Sky Broadband network, which can include smartphones, laptops, computers, tablets, game consoles and ebook readers.

It is important to note that the Sky Broadband Shield won’t work if the user is browsing with a 3G connection.

How Do I Activate The Sky Broadband Shield? Is It Easy To Set Up?

To set up the Sky Broadband Shield, you need to login to your My Sky account with your SkyiD. If you have forgotten these, you can reset them online.

It is a simple setup process. All you need to do is select the type of content you want to block. You can do this by selecting from the age categories of PG, 13 or 18.

How Do The Sky Broadband Shield Ratings Work?

There are 3 levels of age ratings and the sorts of websites they blocked are outlined below:

  • Child On Laptop With ShieldsPG
    • Online Games
    • Social Networking (Facebook etc)
    • Bullying
    • Pornography & Adult Content
    • Suicide & Self Harm
    • Weapons, Violence, Gore & Hate
    • Anonymizers, File Sharing & Hacking
    • Drugs & Criminal Skills
    • Dating
    • Phishing & Malware
  • 13
    • Bullying
    • Pornography & Adult Content
    • Suicide & Self Harm
    • Weapons, Violence, Gore & Hate
    • Anonymizers, File Sharing & Hacking
    • Drugs & Criminal Skills
    • Dating
    • Phishing & Malware
  • 18
    • Phishing & Malware

Obviously the ages are just suggestions and it is up to you if you decide to have your Broadband Shield set to 13 when you have younger children in the house or set to PG with older kids. Every household is different so you have the choice to opt for the age rating most suited to your family.

What Are The Advantages Of Using The Sky Broadband Shield?

Parent And Child On ComputerThe Sky Broadband Shield is designed to make the internet a safe, friendly, welcoming and informative place for you and your family.

For the Sky Broadband Shield to be effective, it is important that you speak to your family members, especially younger children and teens about the importance of using the internet in a safe and respectable manner. If you are unsure about this, there is lots of information available online, such as Internet Matters. Your child’s teachers or school may also have some age appropriate information and can sometimes be more aware of the latest online trends as well.