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Sky has revealed that it will further enhance the safety of its broadband offering by providing parents with new means of regulating and monitoring internet access throughout the home.

The provider's four million broadband subscribers will now be able to take advantage of reporting tools so they will know each and every time changes have been made to any settings they have applied.

The announcement coincides with national Safer Internet Day, which is taking place today to boost safe online practices across the country.

It is the latest in Sky's bid to ensure that young people do not access inappropriate content and complements the free parental controls the company offers with its broadband packages, which means certain types of websites can be blocked by parents to safeguard their children when they are surfing the web.

The company's safety initiate also extends across its TV offerings, as all Sky boxes have PIN protection, so certain TV shows and channels can be locked or hidden from the electronic programme guide.

In 2012, the TV, phone and broadband provider also became the first public Wi-Fi provider to filter out access to adult websites as standard across its 16,000 Wi-Fi zones and has set up parental controls to become the default option with its services, meaning customers have to actively de-select them when first having their packages installed.

According to Lyssa McGowan, Brand Director for Communications Products at Sky, the new reporting tools will be rolled out later this year.

"This is a significant step and one which will give parents even more power to keep their kids safe online," she explained.

"I'm particularly pleased to be able to make this commitment on Safer Internet Day, which is an initiative that Sky fully supports."

Ms McGowan added that the company will continue to educate customers about online safety by giving them the information they need to ensure the whole family is safe when surfing the web.

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