Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the news that, for the first time ever, key players from industry, charities and Government have signed up to new standards that will be independently reviewed, to keep children and young people safe online.
For the first time ever, the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS), which is made up of over 140 organisations, including Facebook, Microsoft and Google, will draw up new standards to help protect children online. This is a groundbreaking step in the Government’s ongoing work on internet safety and represents the effective self-regulation of industry – one of the key recommendations in Professor Tanya Byron’s Review.
The standards also aim to:
- help parents monitor their children’s behaviour and provide safe search options and high quality controls so parents can stop their children seeing harmful or inappropriate content online;
- make it clear what content and behaviour is acceptable on their websites, including age appropriateness; and
- explain how parents can complain and what response they can expect if they are uncomfortable about what they or their children find online.
David Hanson said:
“Today’s generation of young people have much greater access to online material than they have ever had before – recent research shows that 99% of 8-17 year olds have access to the Internet and 18% said they had come across harmful or inappropriate content online.
“The UK is the first country to get top Internet companies to sign up to this sort of regulation and is leading the way on internet safety. The new industry standards mean that all companies will have to clearly state on their websites what the rules are for using their site and what children can do if they see something that is offensive or shouldn’t be there.
“If anyone would like more information about this please contact my office on 01352 763159.”