Wild West Web

Join us and ask Sheriff Matt Hancock MP to take action to end the #WildWestWeb and protect our children.

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Call on Matt Hancock MP 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.

Please join us by sending an email or tweet to Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, asking him to bring in a new law to keep children safe online.

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Email Matt Hancock MP asking him to stand up to the social media outlaws and protect children online.

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Tweet Matt Hancock MP to ensure social media giants keep children safe online. #WildWestWeb

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We're calling for a law that requires social media giants to keep young people safe on their sites.

Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has promised to bring an end to the Wild West Web, where social media giants act unchecked. 

Right now he’s deciding if there’ll be a new law to keep children safe online. This law would force social media companies to take responsibility for keeping young people safe on their sites, and help stop online child abuse.

Help us ensure that social media is a safe place for children and young people by calling on Matt Hancock to clean up the Wild West Web.

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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