Social Networks Must Protect Kids; LETTERS

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), July 28, 2017 | Go to article overview

Social Networks Must Protect Kids; LETTERS


THE government's pledge to introduce a regulator and age verification measures to block children from accessing pornography websites is welcome news.

At the NSPCC we have long stressed the deeply damaging effect pornography has on young people's behaviour. It warps their understanding of consent, distorts their views of body image and can be downright dangerous when it comes to learning about sexual health.

This move is a first step. The government must now grasp the nettle and take further action to protect our children from online dangers. Enforcing the proper regulation of social networks is a matter of urgency.

Some social networks have designed their platforms with child safety in mind, others have not. Some are good at taking action when harmful content is reported, others are not.

Each network has their own rules for handling inappropriate content or abusive behaviour on their platforms. This leads to inconsistencies in keeping children safe, and ultimately means social networks are marking their own homework. …

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