Internet safety guru Tanya Byron has been busy compiling a guide to help keep children safe on the net, in conjunction with Carphone Warehouse.
And a survey undertaken as part of this project has revealed a lack of know-how on the part of parents whose children own smartphones capable of web surfing.
The study conducted by YouGov questioned some 3,000 parents, the Telegraph reports, and the alarming news delivered was that 85% of those adults had failed to implement basic measures to prevent their child from viewing inappropriate content on their mobile.
One basic provision being a simple call to the network operator to get a security lock on the child’s phone.
Almost half those surveyed thought it was impossible for their children to be downloading adult material on their smartphones for some reason. Only 21% were confident that they knew what their offspring was up to in their mobile surfing.
Professor Byron told the Telegraph: “Online risks to children are as prevalent when they access the internet via their mobile phone as when they access it via their PC or laptop. However, the two aren’t treated the same – partly because the latter is a much more recent phenomenon; the recent influx of smartphones to the market means these are no longer just for business, but accessible to a much wider proportion of the market, including children.”
“We need to apply everything that we’ve learnt through our research so far and make sure the same understanding, precautions and restrictions are applied to children using mobile phones to guarantee their online safety.”