The UK Government has announced that it has begun work on a new Internet Safety Strategy. The work is being led by Culture Secretary Karen Bradley and is aimed at “making Britain the safest country in the world for children and young people to be online.” A green paper is expected in the summer.
The focus of the work will be on “preventing children and young people from harm online and making the internet a safer place.” It will involve ministers and officials from several Government departments including the Home Office, Department for Education, Department of Health and Ministry of Justice, and will focus on four main priorities: how to help young people help themselves; helping parents face up to the dangers and discuss them with children; industry’s responsibilities to society; and how technology can help provide solutions.
The Government has also commissioned a report from academic Professor Sonia Livingstone, which will “provide up to date evidence of how young people are using the internet, the dangers they face, and the gaps that exist in keeping them safe.”
For more information, see: Government launches major new drive on internet safety