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Barnardo’s responds to failure of government to implement child safety online recommendations

Release Date: 02 Feb 2018

The government has failed to properly implement about half of the child safety online recommendations made a decade ago.

Professor Tanya Byron made a series of "urgent recommendations" to help keep children safe online in 2008 - 10 years later children's charities claim the government is "dragging its feet".

Javed Khan, Barnardo’s Chief Executive, said:

At Barnardo’s we have long called for tech providers to improve online child safety features, and for those that don’t to be held accountable. Crimes against children in the digital world must be treated the same as crimes committed offline.

Alongside fantastic opportunities, technology and social media create new risks for children. Now is the time to get on the front foot to keep children safe and prevent online grooming and abuse. The government has an opportunity to make sure that compulsory age-appropriate relationship and sex education, (RSE) lessons in England equip children to stay safe online.

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