Wild West Web

We’re calling on the Government to end the #WildWestWeb and protect our children.

We’re calling on the Government to make social media safer for children and young people.

On average 7 cases of online grooming are recorded by the police a day. Behind each is a child or young person whose life has been changed forever by online sexual abuse.

With your help tweeting and emailing Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Government has committed to introducing an online safety law.

The Government's commitment

In its response to the Internet Safety Strategy, the Government has committed to bringing in laws to protect children online. 

Later this year, the Government will publish a White Paper that will set out its proposals for which measures should be built into legislation.

What's next for the Wild West Web?

This is a great result, but the real work starts now. Industry will lobby hard to prevent the legislation from being as comprehensive and rigorous as it needs to be.

That’s why, over the coming months, we’ll be working hard to make sure the legislation is thorough and meaningful. And we’ll need the help of our supporters. 

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Together, we can continue to change laws, attitudes and help to protect children across the UK.

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What we're calling for

An independent regulator

An independent regulator for social networks with fining powers.

A mandatory code

 A mandatory code which introduces Safe Accounts for children; grooming alerts using algorithms; and fast-tracking of reports to moderators which relate to child safety.

Mandatory transparency reports

Mandatory transparency reports forcing social networks to disclose how many safety reports they get, and how they deal with those reports.

Flaw in the Law: What you helped us achieve

October 2014

We launched Flaw in the Law, a campaign to call for a clear new offence that would make it always illegal for an adult to send a child a sexual message.

October-November 2014

Over 50,000 of you signed a petition and wrote to the Minister for Online Child Protection calling for a new law.

December 2014

In December 2014 the Prime Minister announced that the UK would introduce a law making it a criminal offence for an adult to send a sexual message to a child.

Simple steps to keep children safe online

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