Our #WildWestWeb campaign calls for a social media regulator to force social networks to protect children on their platforms.
A new survey commissioned by the NSPCC reveals:
- 9 out of 10 parents support the regulation of social networks to make them legally responsible for protecting children
- 6 out of 10 adults do not think social networks protect children from sexual grooming and inappropriate content like self-harm and suicide1.
These figures are part of our Taming the Wild West Web (PDF) report which sets out how a robust regulator should enforce a legal duty of care to children on social networks.
The regulator would:
- have legal powers to demand information from tech firms about their child safety measures
- require social networks to meet a set of minimum safeguarding standards and proactively tackle online harms
- deploy tough sanctions for failures to protect children online - including steep fines for tech firms up to £20m and a new criminal offence for gross breaches.