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Children left to fend for themselves in Digital World

User AvatarPosted by Ellie Gray at 05/01/2017 10:30:45

The Children's Commissioner has today released a press statement outlining concerns regarding children's safety in the digital and online world.

Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, said:

“Children spend half their leisure time online. The internet is an incredible force for good but it is wholly irresponsible to let them roam in a world for which they are ill-prepared, which is subject to limited regulation and which is controlled by a small number of powerful organisations. It is critical that children are educated better so that they can enjoy the opportunities provided by the internet whilst minimising the well-known risks.

“It is also vital that children understand what they agree to when joining social media platforms, that their privacy is better protected, and they can have content posted about them removed quickly should they wish to.

“I urge the Government to extend the powers of the Children’s Commissioner so that there is independent oversight of the number and type of complaints that social media providers are receiving from young people and I can recommend further action where required.

 “When it was created 25 years ago, the internet was not designed with children in mind. No one could have predicted its phenomenal growth, nor that it would become ingrained in every aspect of everyday life. We need to rethink the way we prepare children for the digital world.”

To read the full statement, please click here:

http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/news/children-left-fend-themselves-digital-world