The growing popularity of connected devices such as smartphones and tablets has presented many new opportunities for users, but this does not come without additional challenges, it has been stated.

Co-ordinator at Insafe Janice Richardson said the use of internet-connected mobile devices by youngsters means traditional security measures – such as placing a PC in a living area so their usage can be monitored – are no longer possible.

She noted computer use among kids is now a very private activity, which means many parents may be struggling to control or understand what their offspring are up to.

"As technology improves and becomes more mobile and more rapid, problems will get more difficult [and] you'll have to think very rapidly about how to respond in certain situations," Ms Richardson continued.

However, the expert added it is important to remember the advantages of new technology "far outweigh" any potential security issues.

Ms Richardson was speaking following the 2012 Safer Internet Day, which took place on February 7th and aims to teach kids about how to be responsible when going online.

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