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Internet controls urged for mobiles

Mobile phones should be fitted with improved parental controls so that children can be prevented from accessing harmful internet material, an expert recommended today.

Professor Tanya Byron, whose work on monitoring the impact of technology and child safety has led to several UK government initiatives, said youngsters are increasingly accessing the internet via their phones and that safety strategy must keep pace with technology.

She is asking that phone manufacturers work to enhance parental controls on mobiles.

There are concerns about children accessing social networking sites, which can be used for bullying and pornography.

Professor Byron, whose recommendations led to the creation of a group of promote child safety, urged minimum standards for parental controls on games consoles as well.

Emma-Jane Cross, chief executive of a bullying prevention charity, said her organisation supported Professor Byron.