Using youth protection programs, internet content can be activated and blocked, depending on a specific age group.
Such software consists of independent filters active only in the end-device (PC, tablet, mobile phone) or home network (via the router). These programs generally consist of multiple components: blocklists (list of generally inadmissible websites), passlists and an extensive list of age-differentiated content (permissible depending on the age level setting in the software). Youth protection programs are also able to read technical age labels that conform to the common standard (age-de.xml).
In addition, there are also youth protection programs for so-called closed groups. A system is closed, for example, if all content within the system is bound to the manufacturer’s own standards and the system cannot usually be left without further ado. Examples of this are video-on-demand services or cloud gaming offers.
As a recognised self-regulatory association the FSM has been examining and approving such programs since 2016 by means of the law (Article 11 Para. 1 JMStV) following the criteria of the Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Media (KJM) .