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The responsibility of deciding which websites to block under parental controls rests with students, it has been reported.

According to McAfee Security Strategist Toralv Dirro, a small team of young people have been charged with categorising websites, in a bid to protect young people using the internet.

He claimed this is "a fairly popular job for students" as the task is "really not that difficult".

"The training is basically going through a number of websites and the various ratings so they get a basic idea," Mr Dirro told PC Pro.

"I'm not quite sure how exactly they work, but it would normally be one person who does a rating and one person who double checks it."

He said it is possible to start rating websites after just one day of seeing the various categories.

Earlier this month, it was reported that consumers signing up for Sky, BT, TalkTalk and Virgin Media broadband deals will be given the option of activating parental controls at the initial point of purchase.

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