The Government has announced it is bringing in laws to protect children online, in a victory for our Wild West Web campaign.
Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said that while digital technology is “overwhelming a force for good across the world” there is a need to “address the wild west elements of the internet through legislation”.
In its response to the Internet Safety Strategy, the Government has committed to creating new online safety laws. A White Paper to be published later this year will set out legislation to be brought forward that tackles both legal and illegal harms, from cyberbullying to online child sexual exploitation.
He added: "People increasingly live their lives through online platforms so it's more important than ever that people are safe and parents can have confidence they can keep their children from harm.
"The measures we're taking forward today will help make sure children are protected online and balance the need for safety with the great freedoms the internet brings just as we have to strike this balance offline."
Matt Hancock is scheduled to give a keynote speech at our annual flagship conference How safe are our children? Growing up online.