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The government is urging UK broadband providers to play a more active role in preventing juvenile access to adult content online.

Ministers believe internet service providers (ISPs) should automatically block pornography websites, in order to protect young people and prevent the sexualisation of children.

Adult internet users wishing to view such content would be required to opt in using parental controls on their computer.

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey is to meet with a number of ISPs "in the near future" to discuss the government plans.

BT, Virgin Media and TalkTalk are among the broadband providers to be consulted over the matter.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Mr Vaizey commented: "I think it is very important that it's the ISPs that come up with solutions to protect children.

"I'm hoping they will get their acts together so that we don't have to legislate, but we are keeping an eye on the situation and we will have a new communications bill in the next couple of years."

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