27 Mar 2008

The Children's Society Responds to the Byron Review

27 March 2008

Kathy Evans, Policy Director at The Children's Society, comments on the Byron Review, which puts forward recommendations to help children and young people make the most of the internet and video games, whilst protecting them from harmful and inappropriate material:

“The Children’s Society welcomes the Government’s pledge to immediately take forward the proposals within the Byron review. This will help to ensure that children can experience all of the benefits offered by new technologies without being exposed to potential dangers.

Children have told our Good Childhood Inquiry just how much they gain from new technologies; 6 to 15 year olds told us playing video games is their favourite thing to do. However it is critical that as a society we acknowledge that the online world requires the same safeguards as the real world.

Parents, who are often less techno-savvy than their children, can be overwhelmed by the range of new technologies, and until now there has been too little regulation in place to help them. We are glad that the review recognises the need to support parents in helping their children explore this new world in safety.”

 

Notes to Editors:

  • The Children’s Society is a member of the Children’s Charities Coalition on Internet Safety.
  • The Children's Society is driven by the belief that every child deserves a good childhood. It provides vital help and understanding for those forgotten children who face the greatest danger, discrimination or disadvantage; children who are unable to find the support they need anywhere else. Visit www.childrenssociety.org.uk