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A growing number of parents are using network-level filters to restrict their children's internet access at home, new figures have revealed.

According to research by Ofcom, 37 per cent of parents of children aged between five and 15 now use network-level filters at home.

This is nearly twice as high as the figure recorded in 2014.

The Ofcom study also showed that 96 per cent of parents of five to 15-year-olds say they mediate their children's use of the internet in various ways.

Having regular conversations about online safety was one common approach, along with imposing rules about internet use, directly supervising their child and using technical tools to restrict their online access.

Some two in five parents said they use all four of these methods in order to prevent their children from accessing unsuitable material.

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