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Expanding broadband to the entire population of the UK will have implications for the online safety of children, it has been warned.

Following the launch of the Digital Britain report, which called for universal access to 2Mb broadband, the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) has suggested that younger internet users could be left vulnerable, according to the Guardian.

In a conference for academics, industry bodies and corporate experts, the organisation called for a "responsible programme of education" attached to the rollout of super-fast broadband services.

FOSI singled out mobile broadband devices, which a growing number of children have access to, as the most difficult area for parents to monitor what they are being exposed to.

The newspaper quoted the institute's Chief Executive Stephen Balkam as saying: "It used to be that the advice to parents was to keep computers in the living room, but now kids walk around with computers in their pockets.

FOSI works with a number of internet service providers, media content suppliers and search engines to identify and promote best practices and methods for the online protection of children and families.

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