8 Apr 2019

The Children's Society responds to the Government Online Harms White Paper on proposed internet safety measures.

Sam Royston, Director of Policy and Research from The Children's Society said: 

“Through our child exploitation work we have seen how young people are coerced, groomed, blackmailed and even tracked down by perpetrators using online apps. The internet is part of children’s everyday lives so it is vital they are kept safe from potential harm.

“We also conducted an enquiry on cyberbullying last year and, as well as hearing about the many positives that social media brought to young people, we also heard harrowing accounts from children and young people who described cyberbullying as feeling ‘inescapable’, and in the most extreme of cases it has pushed them to the verge of suicide.

“We welcome the government’s proposal to bring in a new laws to protect children from online risks and we hope these measures are effective in making the internet a safer place for children.  We would like to see that any revenue raised through fines that are imposed by the regulator are used to fund support for victims and any other initiatives that help keep young people safe online.

"We would also want the children who have suffered any distress from being online, such as those who have been groomed, are able to access proper support to deal with the trauma they have experienced.”

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