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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There's a showdown coming! It's time for the government to end the #WildWestWeb and make the internet safer for children

On average, 1 child per primary school class surveyed has been sent or shown a naked or semi naked image online by an adult, according to the largest ever survey conducted about online harms1. We must act now to stop another generation of children growing up with their lives changed forever by online sexual abuse.

We need you to 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 join us and sign our petition to help end the #WildWestWeb. Together we can make it high noon for dangerous social networks.

What we've achieved so far

Earlier this year thousands of you took action and called on the government to stand up to social networks. Your voice has made a difference. Thanks to your support, the government has said it will introduce laws to keep children safe online. But we need your help to make sure they 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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Make a donation today

A child will contact Childline every 25 seconds. Donate now and help us be there for every child.

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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. 1. This is based on a survey of school children by the NSPCC and the London Grid for Learning. A total of 39,834 children took part, 25,987 from the South East of England and 13,847 from across the rest of the UK. 21,648 primary school children aged 7-11 responded to the survey. Children were asked was "Has an adult sent you or shown you a naked or semi-naked picture/video on an app, site or game?". 791 primary school children answered yes. This is the equivalent of 3.7 per cent of all primary school respondents, or approximately 1/27. According to The Department for Education's most recent edition of Schools, Pupils, and their Characteristics, the average class size in primary schools in England is 27.1 per class.