Yesterday (Sunday 20th May) the UK Government published its response to the results of the Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper which looks at how we can ensure Britain is the safest place in the world to be online.
The Strategy considers the responsibilities of companies to their users, the use of technical solutions to prevent online harms and government’s role in supporting users.
The consultation covers various aspects of online safety including:
- the introduction of a social media code of practice, transparency reporting and a social media levy,
- technological solutions to online harms,
- developing children’s digital literacy,
- support for parents and carers,
- adults’ experience of online abuse, and
- young people’s use of online dating websites/ applications.
Statement from the UK Safer Internet Centre
“As the National Centre, UK Safer Internet Centre is committed to help make the UK the safest the place to be online and proud to support and contribute to the Government’s Internet Safety Strategy.
“As a partnership of three charities: Childnet, Internet Watch Foundation and SWGfL, we collectively work to promote the safe and responsible use of technology and the Internet, whilst also recognising the opportunities and potential it represents for our united benefit.
“Through our work, we resolve harmful online incidents, work that drives our commitment to continue our work that supports the Government in the continued development of the Internet Safety Strategy to make the UK the safest place to be online.”
Specific aspects of our activities that support the Government’s Internet Safety Strategy include innovative reporting methods, world class education resources and curriculum reform, improvements to policy and safeguards, improved management of inappropriate and illegal online content and safety built in ‘by design’.