Barnardo's has welcomed the publication of the Government's Online Harms White Paper today (Monday 8 April).
Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan said:
“Children in the UK are facing growing risks online - from cyber-bullying to sexual grooming to gaming addiction.
“The internet can be a force for good but we can’t ignore the risks. Two thirds of the vulnerable children and young people supported through our sexual exploitation services were groomed online before meeting their abuser in person.
“Barnardo’s has long called for new laws to protect children online, just as we do offline, so they can learn, play and communicate safely.
“The Government’s announcement today is an important step in the right direction. We particularly welcome proposals for a new independent regulator, which should ensure internet bosses make the UK one of the safest places in the world for children to be online.
“It’s only right that tech companies are penalised if they fail to keep children safe and protect them from harmful and illegal content that leads to sexual abuse and child criminal exploitation.”