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Topic # 201908 9-Sep-2016 08:59
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Bigpipe announces Parental Control feature 

 

Bigpipe is proud to announce a revolution in parental control for internet connections with the Bigpipe App, coming soon to all Bigpipe customers. With the Bigpipe App’s Parental Control feature, the Bigpipe account holder will be able to have a deeper level of control over the household internet connection than has ever before been possible.

 

“When we launched our Mode Selector tool, comments flooded in from parents who wanted to use the app to control their children’s access to streaming or social media or other services,” says Sarvajith Ravishankar, Bigpipe Product and Marketing Manager. “We’re really proud to say that our new Parental Control feature will do that, and more.”

 

For instance, if a parent wants to make sure that the kids can’t use social media after bedtime, they can choose to restrict access to Social Media with just one tap in the Bigpipe app. This will turn off access to sites and services like Facebook, but leave other services free.

 

“Think of it as a remote control for your broadband,” says Bigpipe Product and Marketing Manager Sarvajith Ravishankar. “It’s really easy to just switch a mode on or off.”

 

Parents are able to turn off multiple modes at once, or choose to prioritise them so they’ll be optimised. For example, if parents want to watch Lightbox but disallow the children access to Facebook, they can turn off Social Media while prioritising Streaming mode.  

 

The Bigpipe App can only be used by the Bigpipe account holder for any given connection. That account holder can see what sort of traffic is currently on a connection, and can choose to restrict - or prioritise - any particular mode.

 

All this capability runs on the Bigpipe network, so activation is near-instantaneous. Parental Control requires no additional software and no additional service sign-up - it just works, straight from the Bigpipe App. It also means that parents can see what’s happening on their home Bigpipe connection and activate parental control features from anywhere - work, home or overseas.

 

“Parental Control doesn’t automatically block websites, so there’s no inconvenience for adults wanting to get around their own blocking software,” Ravishankar says. “Along with our other groundbreaking features like Mode Selector and Line Testing, Parental Control is built to offer parents real choice, and real control, over what’s done on their connections. It’s internet the way it should be.”

 

Parental Control will come built-in to the next update to the Bigpipe App, but Bigpipe is offering the chance for parents to be the first to trial the feature, with an open beta test that anyone with a Bigpipe account can sign up for at the Bigpipe website.

 

“Bigpipe offers a no-contracts service, so anyone who’d like to try Bigpipe to get access to Parental Control can do so risk-free,” Ravishankar says.

 





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  Reply # 1626312 9-Sep-2016 09:09
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Wow....  these guys deserve a nod for their recent app-related innovations.  Very well done guys, and keep it coming!





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  Reply # 1626319 9-Sep-2016 09:12
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It's great to see BigPipe continuing to add features to the controls they provide users. . When I first joined them I'd assumed it would remain a strictly no-frills ISP, given its competitive pricing and other areas of cost-saving

 

Reading this press release, I'd imagine this will come in handy once my kids are more social media savy/focused. (And if we allow them to have devices in their rooms over-night; at the moment it's strictly no devices after bed-time!). But it doesn't appear that it'll be of use to my household in the short-medium-term, which is more around the need to ensure (lack of) access to dodgy content - that's what initially sprung to my mind when reading of "parental controls"!

 

What are the best options - ideally free or at least reasonably priced - for filtering dodgy content on the devices my kids use? At the kids' school they've just had the standard Youtube app removed as apparently its filtering has recently changed to allow "inappropriate" videos to show. I know I need to put something in place. Thanks for any recommendations.


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  Reply # 1626363 9-Sep-2016 10:03
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yeah, seems like is aimed more at parents of tweens/teens.

 

My kids are younger, so a bit less useful for me.  They're still young so they 'surf' with good intentions, so their biggest risk is accidentally finding naughty stuff. Can see how this would be awesome for parents of older kids though  "haven't done your chores? No more social media until you do!"  should get them moving pretty sharpish!

 

Having said that, Youtube is a bit of a household issue for us.  Even with Youtube parental controls enabled, there is plenty of inappropriate content on there, a fair amount of which actually looks child-friendly, but isn't

 

Feature Request/Suggestion:

 

I want to allow my kids to control the Playstation and ipads so they can use Netflix and their games themselves without me intervening, but I don't want to give them free reign to Youtube at the same time, for the above reasons.  I also don't want to delete the youtube app altogether since I use it myself.  If I could restrict Youtube specifically and temporarily via the app, but leave up Netflix that would be awesome. (If I'm reading it right, I could currently restrict 'video streaming' but that would also block Netflix etc)

 

 


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  Reply # 1626412 9-Sep-2016 10:45
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Ah, the anti-porn brigade strikes again. It's amazing how there is this sort of unconsidered agreement between parents that somehow porn is going to scar little brains forever. Think back to your own childhood. Were you 18 when you first saw porn? Of course not. Have you become a drugged-up psychopath? A rampaging unrepentant misogynist? I'm sure it caused you no problems whatsoever.

 

 

 

Let it go. Your kids are going to find porn no matter how hard you try to hide it. They're going to masturbate. It's normal. It's even natural!

 

 

 

If we were talking about screen time restrictions, there is definitely a reasonable argument behind that. Of course, that's more of a router function, not an ISP one.


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  Reply # 1626416 9-Sep-2016 10:48
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well, i guess there goes the draw to stuff fibre ;)





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  Reply # 1626441 9-Sep-2016 11:40
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ripdog: Ah, the anti-porn brigade strikes again....................I'm sure it caused you no problems whatsoever.

 

Actually that's not quite right (based on what I have read and heard in the last 10 years).  We are now a very long way from a teen finding Dad's dirty magazine or VHS.  As free access to a wider range of 'adult content' has become more easily accessible via broadband in homes, for some people the issue slowly escalates.

 

For someone with real relationship experience, porn may be an acceptable occasional distraction.

 

For someone without real relationship experience, particularly if they have significant porn exposure at a younger age (where the 'tame' stuff gets boring after a while so more 'exotic' content is sought), the expectations of real adult relationships and interaction can be significantly skewed, leading to the inability to hold a long term relationship with a partner.  This may be a small percentage of the population in the same way that only a small percentage of the population has a significant issue with pokie machines or other gambling.  I understand however that it is a growing issue.

 

I don't want to hijack this BigPipe thread.  If you would like to debate the issue further, start a new thread and tag me in.





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  Reply # 1626528 9-Sep-2016 13:06
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I would rather they work on providing the best pipe possible and leave these distractions to other ISPs.





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Dynamic:

 

ripdog: Ah, the anti-porn brigade strikes again....................I'm sure it caused you no problems whatsoever.

 

Actually that's not quite right (based on what I have read and heard in the last 10 years).  We are now a very long way from a teen finding Dad's dirty magazine or VHS.  As free access to a wider range of 'adult content' has become more easily accessible via broadband in homes, for some people the issue slowly escalates.

 

For someone with real relationship experience, porn may be an acceptable occasional distraction.

 

For someone without real relationship experience, particularly if they have significant porn exposure at a younger age (where the 'tame' stuff gets boring after a while so more 'exotic' content is sought), the expectations of real adult relationships and interaction can be significantly skewed, leading to the inability to hold a long term relationship with a partner.  This may be a small percentage of the population in the same way that only a small percentage of the population has a significant issue with pokie machines or other gambling.  I understand however that it is a growing issue.

 

I don't want to hijack this BigPipe thread.  If you would like to debate the issue further, start a new thread and tag me in.

 

 

Where has the +1 feature gone? Have a virtual one from me, Dynamic.

 

ripdog - have you got kids? Just interested in what you would consider acceptable for your young children to be viewing. Simply because I don't want my kids to be exposed to hard-core porn at the ages of five and eight doesn't make me part of the "anti-porn brigade"! Get some perspective - it's not a binary issue, and far more complex than you're trying to make out.

 

The most exciting thing I recall seeing as a young kid was a porn magazine friends and I found in the neighbours' overgrown section; it didn't last too long as we took it to school and had it confiscated by the teacher! (Edit: and that was, by today's standards, an incredibly conservative magazine, but certainly typical of its day.) The change in 1. the easy access to and 2. the graphic nature of porn over that 35 years from then to now is massive. That this change hasn't played a role in normalising some bizarre ideas of sexuality in young people (both male and female) is, I'd imagine, difficult to argue; and these are attitudes that I don't want my boys to develop and take into their adulthood

 

 


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  Reply # 1626554 9-Sep-2016 13:35
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For this to work means that the people who are using this service traffic is being inspected by some form of system which then check against a backlist to see if the traffic is allowed or not, will be interesting to see how much affect this will have on a users latency.


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  Reply # 1626556 9-Sep-2016 13:40
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BTR:

 

For this to work means that the people who are using this service traffic is being inspected by some form of system which then check against a backlist to see if the traffic is allowed or not, will be interesting to see how much affect this will have on a users latency.

 

 

 

 

I would suspect its simply DNS.





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It's great to see BigPipe continuing to add features to the controls they provide users. . When I first joined them I'd assumed it would remain a strictly no-frills ISP, given its competitive pricing and other areas of cost-saving

 

Reading this press release, I'd imagine this will come in handy once my kids are more social media savy/focused. (And if we allow them to have devices in their rooms over-night; at the moment it's strictly no devices after bed-time!). But it doesn't appear that it'll be of use to my household in the short-medium-term, which is more around the need to ensure (lack of) access to dodgy content - that's what initially sprung to my mind when reading of "parental controls"!

 

What are the best options - ideally free or at least reasonably priced - for filtering dodgy content on the devices my kids use? At the kids' school they've just had the standard Youtube app removed as apparently its filtering has recently changed to allow "inappropriate" videos to show. I know I need to put something in place. Thanks for any recommendations.

 

 

Hi There,

 

Cheers for the feedback. The first iteration of this feature won't be as granular as you are mentioning. For example when you turn off streaming you will turn off ALL streaming. This will be the same for other categories too. The great thing about the way we are implementing this feature is that like the 'Mode Selector', which is currently available on the Bigpipe app, the smarts are on the network side. Hence the feature will work regardless of the modem you own or the setup you have at home.

 

In saying that we will be providing more granular options as we develop this feature further. For example ability to restrict specific streaming services can be provided. We are taking an iterative approach with this feature. We will listen to the feedback our customers provide and ensure that we are constantly updating and improving as we go.

 

Cheers!! :)


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