Safer mobile internet access demanded for children

Safer mobile internet access demanded for     children

Mobile phone manufacturers need to create better parental controls on handsets to provide greater protection for children, a Government report said today.

The progress report by Government advisor Tanya Byron calls on the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) to work with phone manufacturers to enhance parental controls on mobiles.

She said: 'We have a huge number of under-aged children on social networking sites; we know that children who have wifi-enabled mobile phones can access the internet; we know that there are location-based devices; we know that there is an extraordinary ease of access to pornography for children and young people.

'Speeding up, we need to see a code of practice for companies and providers, we need to really think about parental controls for mobile phones that can access the internet.

'Less talk and a little more action, a little more delivery...would be a good thing.'

Children's Secretary Ed Balls said industry needed to do more to ensure internet safety for children. He said: 'More young people are now accessing the internet on their mobile phones and games consoles, and as parents we need to manage the way our children are using these technologies.

'I'm glad Professor Byron has made it clear that industry and Government need to redouble their efforts to provide support to parents to help them keep their children safe online.

'We need to make sure we are constantly assessing progress against the rapid advancements in new technologies.'
Written by Mobile Today
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