Children access porn using mobile phones

By Derek Sooman on
Itís a parentís nightmare that their children use their Internet connection to look at porn. What with there being some right sick crap out there (just do a search in Google for something even fairly tame and see what you get back) itís not surprising that parents elect to supervise childrenís internet access as often as possible. But what about when access canít be supervised?

UK consumer magazine Which said kids are able to access pornographic web sites by using mobile phones and that's because there's a loophole in phone safeguards.
It is claimed that it is possible for children to get codes for adult websites, making payment using premium rate text messages. Tests carried out by Which were able to confirm that researchers could obtain codes for eight pornographic sites, by using an O2 phone registered to a 15 year old girl.

Although O2 made it clear that they were checking to see if they could introduce additional safeguards, Blue Coat Systems claimed the phone firms are being wrongly targeted Ė that it is in fact the websites that need to get their act together.

Nigel Hawthorn, VP of the security company said: "This is akin to holding the British mail responsible if my child puts five pounds in an envelope and sends it off to an adult website."

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