UK Web Policy Head Wants More To Be Done To Protect Children

Professor Tanya Byron who is in charge of Britain's current internet policies, has said that although UK is number one in internet security, it still has a lot do to if it wishes to stay abreast with the advancement in technology.

Byron, whose policies are centred on around making the internet safer for children, said that the government needed to continue developing new technology and policies which will ensure safety of UK internet users and will maintain the country's position of the world leader when it comes to internet safety technology.

The professor, who was present at the launch of her report titled 'Safer Children in a Digital World.' said in a statement that “The progress on video game classification, the public awareness campaign and improvements in education through schools should be commended. Improving education in, the way in which children and young people deal with risks online is an important first step.”

According the professor, some of the most commendable measures taken by the government to ensure child safety, include the 'Zip it, Block it, Flag it’ campaign, a public awareness campaign for parents and establishing of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS).

Some of the recommendations made by the the professor in her recent report include establishing an independent chair for the newly formed UKCCIS.

Our Comments

It would possibly be un-PC to disagree with what Byron has said in her report but at the same time we can't help but believe that it is a yet another futile attempt to regiment and control an area that remains hopelessly uncontrollable.

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