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Online child safety council launched

Over 100 organisations unite to form UKCCIS

Child at a computer

Over 100 organisations have joined forces with the government to help keep children safe online.

The new UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) aims to help to improve regulations and education around internet use, online bullying, safer search features, and violent video games.

UKCCIS will work with government to deliver recommendations from Dr Tanya Byron’s report ‘Safer Children in a Digital World’ published in March 2008.

Child Internet Safety Strategy

The council aims to ensure parents and young people have a voice in the development of a Child Internet Safety Strategy, to be delivered early next year. The strategy plans to establish a comprehensive child internet safety campaign, provide specific measures to support vulnerable children and promote responsible online advertising.

Voluntary codes of practice for user-generated content sites will also be established, making such sites commit to take down inappropriate content within a given time.

Children’s Minister Ed Balls said: ‘We want to help children and young people to make the most of what all digital and interactive technologies can offer.

‘UKCISS will enable everyone to play their part in keeping children safe online.’

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