Lynn Perry MBE, Chief Executive, Barnardo’s
“Children are living more of their lives online than ever before – whether they’re gaming, chatting, posting, or streaming. They need the internet to learn, play and socialise, which is why it needs to be safe.
Unfortunately, children are still facing real dangers online, such as online exploitation, sexual abuse and grooming, and exposure to pornography and other harmful content.
Whilst the Online Safety Bill is an important step forward, these new regulations could take years to come into force and we are concerned that children will remain exposed to extreme pornography, online grooming, cyber-bullying and harmful content until it does. It’s vital that we have conversations with children and listen to them about their online experiences. Safer Internet Day is an important reminder that we must work together to make the online world a safe place for our children.”