In its manifesto for the recent general election, The Conservative Party promised:
“We will stop children’s exposure to harmful sexualised content online,
by requiring age verification for access to all sites containing pornographic material”.
This was encouraging and yet there was nothing in the Queen’s Speech about implementing the commitment and when asked about how it would be taken forward during the Queen’s Speech debate, the Minister ignored the question.
The opportunity for the Government to honour its commitment will come before the House of Lords on 17th July 2015 with the second reading of Baroness Howe’s Online Safety Bill.
The Online Safety Bill has been introduced with the aim of reducing children and young people’s access to inappropriate, potentially harmful, material online. It also aims to provide parents with tools to help them keep their children safer online and reduce the ability for children and young people to access inappropriate material through video on-demand.
The Bill has been designed to help parents to parent in an environment which presents some very real online challenges.
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