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.'