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Study Offers Child Phone Safety Advice

A new study has found that 9 out of 10 parents fail to install control measures on the mobile phones of their children to prevent them from accessing objectionable material.

The study was a part of a guide published by clinical psychologist Tanya Byron, which advises parents how to go about ensuring their child's safety on the internet.

The guide, which was published by Byron along with retailer Carephone Warehouse, found that 85 per cent of parents had not even bothered to activate locks on their child's mobile phone.

As more and more technologically advanced mobile phones are being introduced in the market, it has become fairly easy for anyone to access anything - whether suitable or not - from them.

The survey published in the guide was carried out by YouGov, which interviewed around 3,000 UK parents. It was found that around half of them thought that protection was not necessary or were not even aware that such measures were available.

“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,” Byron said in a statement to The Telegraph.