by Bidita Debnath on  October 14, 2012 at 11:16 PM Lifestyle News
 Parents Concerned About Children's Access To Porn Through Mobiles
A new research has found that more than two-fifths of parents in the UK are concerned about their children accessing pornographic content online through their mobile phones.

According to a survey by ICM, 42 percent of parents claimed that they were concerned about their children's access to explicit material online, while one in eight said they felt they had no control over what their child accesses on the Internet through their phone.

The survey results showed that while more than half of all children get their first mobile phone before the age of 11, almost one-third of parents who were interviewed, were unaware of 'online safety tools' that can prevent their children from accessing inappropriate content, such as pornography, gambling or other adult material, the Telegraph reports.

Almost 95 percent of children own a phone by 11-13 years of age, while the figure among 14-16 year-olds rises to 98 percent, the survey found.

Though mobile networks do automatically block access to adult content via their own networks, the Wi-Fi capabilities on modern smartphones mean that children often do have access to inappropriate material, the paper said.

The research comes just weeks after a senior board member of the UK Council for Child internet Safety warned that social networks "cannot be trusted to protect children online".

Source: ANI

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