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Wild West Web

We need your help to ensure children are safe online. Sign our petition and help end the #WildWestWeb.

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Government has a landmark opportunity to introduce a legal duty of care for social media companies to protect children online. But they need to act now.

On average, 10 online grooming offences are recorded every single day by the police in the UK1. Social networks have become a gateway for child abuse. Unregulated and unsafe, they’re simply not doing enough to protect children.

We’re waiting for the government to publish a white paper that will set out how they plan to keep children safe online. We need statutory regulation so that social networks have a legal duty to protect every child from abuse and grooming.

Join us and tell Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright the time has come to stand up for children and tame the social networks. Please sign our petition to help end the #WildWestWeb.

What we've achieved so far

Since the campaign started in August 2018, over 32,000 of you have taken action by calling on the government to introduce a law to keep children safe online. Thanks to your support, we’re well over half way towards our target of 45,000 signatures. But we need your help to make sure the government keep their promise.

Help end the #WildWestWeb

We know that industry can do much more to keep children safe online. Sign our petition and help end the #WildWestWeb. 

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WANTED
New social media law

We're calling for a new law to make social networks safer for children.

  • An independent regulator
    We demand an independent regulator is created who can put in place mandatory child safety rules for social networks and has the power to fine them if they don't make their networks safe.
  • Safe accounts for children
    We demand social networks offer safe accounts for children and proactively search for, and stop, child grooming on their platforms. Social networks must make it easier for users to report concerns about child safety and provide a dedicated fast-track process for reporting.
  • Detailed reporting on how they're keeping children safe
    We demand children and parents are told how safe the networks are. Social networks must publish details of how they’re keeping children safe and how they deal with reports and complaints.

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Simple steps to keep children safe online

Parental controls

Innocent searches online can lead to not so innocent results. But parental controls can help keep your child safe.
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Donate now

In the average primary school class, at least 2 children have suffered abuse or neglect. Donate now and help protect children today and prevent abuse from happening tomorrow.

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Talking to your child about staying safe online

How to start the conversation with your child about staying safe online, and what to do if you're worried about online safety.
What you need to know

Online safety

We’ve teamed up with O2 to help you keep children safe when they're using the internet, social networks, apps, games and more.
Online safety advice

References

  1. All 43 police forces in England and Wales and British Transport Police were asked for the number of recorded offences under s.15A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 recorded between April 3 2017 and April 2 2018. In total, 41 of 44 police forces gave a full or partial response for the full 12-month period. One police force responded to the request after the NSPCC’s How Safe Our Are Children 2018 annual report went to print, so nine months of data from this police force is printed in the report, compared to a full 12 months in this press release.