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Less than a fifth of Spanish homes with children use any parental control tools before the kids watch video content, despite being aware of the available tools.

According to the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC), 65% of families with children know about the tools and practices to help control what their kids are watching on TV or online.

However, the report has revealed that 11.4% do have such a tool activated on their TV sets, 17.5% on smartphones, and around 21% have installed a parental control tool on their computers and tablets.

Besides, around 20% of children under 12 watch TV and online video without their parents present, even if the viewing is out of the protected programming slots.

Such figures clash with the concern shown by Spanish parents with regard to video and TV content damaging their children’s physical and mental development. Depending on the age of their children, between 80-90% of families say they are greatly concerned about these issues.