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The mobile phone industry has announced that it is considering cinema-style classifications for mobile broadband content.

It is thought that the main reason behind the decision is to prevent children from using mobile internet to access unsuitable websites, reports the Guardian.

Research shows that children are increasingly using mobile phones to access the internet and download content, with more than half of children aged nine owning a mobile phone.

Industry regulator Ofcom yesterday (August 11th) called for a better system of differentiation for the content that can be viewed by children aged eight and young people aged 17.

The report was part of a review of the code of conduct from the Mobile Broadband Group, representing the UK's five main networks, which called for more sophisticated filters.

Under the current code, no over-18 content can be accessed until a mobile phone user contacts their network provider and goes through a stringent age verification process.

Last week, the Mobile Broadband Group suggested that parents may require better filters to prevent younger children from accessing inappropriate content through mobile broadband.

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