Charities have welcomed the code of conduct published by mobile
phone companies this week as a “major step forward in protecting
children from paedophiles”.
The Children’s Charities’ Coalition for Internet Safety, which
includes NCH, The Children’s Society and Barnardo’s, praised the
code, which blocks access to adult-only sites and chat rooms.
Measures include establishment of an independent body to govern the
suitability of content and a proof of age requirement to gain
access to adult sites.
But the coalition warned that millions of children already owned
phones which allowed them access.
NCH’s internet expert, John Carr, said: “The new code is going to
make people ask why, if the mobile phone people can do it, the
internet people can’t.”