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Social media isn't safe. 

There are up to 90 reports of online grooming or child abuse image offences recorded by the police a day.1

Behind each of those reports is a child whose life has been changed forever.

Last year, government promised to put new laws in place to hold tech companies responsible for the abuse that's happening on their platforms. But children still aren't safe from offenders - the Online Harms Bill needs to be passed. 

The Online Harms Bill could protect children online

We’ve helped propose a new law - the Online Harms Bill - to make tech companies accountable for the abuse happening on their platforms. To keep children and young people safe online, we need:

New rules to make tech companies put safety first.

We need an independent regulator to put rules that keep children safe in place for social platforms, with the power to investigate and fine them if they don't.

Punishments for failing to protect young users.

We need tech companies are made responsible for young people’s safety – with steep fines of up to €20 million and bans for boardroom directors for failing to do so.

Safer social platforms that tackle online abuse.

We need social media companies to make platforms safer by design – with safer accounts for young users, making reporting abuse easier and dealing with reports faster.

Help us make this law a reality

Email your MP today for a safer social media for young people. 
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We fixed the Flaw in the Law – but it wasn’t enough

In 2014, it wasn’t illegal for an adult to send a child a sexual message. 50,000 people signed our Flaw in the Law petition calling on government to make online grooming a crime. Government listened and an adult sending sexual messages to children was included as a crime in the Sexual Offences Act of 2015. But social media platforms still don’t have safety measures in place to stop groomers.

Tech companies still need to protect their users

In April 2018 we started a petition asking government to bring in laws to make social media platforms protect young users from sexual abuse online. 

In under a year we had an incredible 46,000 signatures – and government launched the Online Harms White Paper in April 2019. But the proposed bill still hasn’t passed – and children still aren’t safe from online grooming.

We're so close – help us pass the Online Harms Bill 

In February 2020, government announced Ofcom will be made the independent regulator once the Online Harms Bill passes and will be able to place a legal duty of care on tech companies to protect young people on their platforms.

But the Online Harms Bill still hasn’t been published – and tech companies still aren’t protecting their young users.


References

  1. 1. NSPCC estimates are based on the latest police recorded crime figures available (1 April 2019 – 30 June 2019) for England and Wales for Obscene Publication offences and Sexual Grooming offences. There was a combined average of 89.8 offences a day.

    Published figures do not reveal how many of the Obscene Publication offences involve images of children but results from the NSPCC’s previous Freedom of Information request suggest the vast majority are.

    For both offences, it is likely the majority of crimes involve the internet considering the role it can play in publishing and sharing images or the way it could be used by offenders to contact and build relationships with children.