18th April 2012: Parliamentary Inquiry into online protection of children

Last year, Claire Perry MP chaired a Parliamentary Inquiry into online safety. The Inquiry sought to understand the dangers that online pornography may pose to children and to determine what is currently being done to protect children and what further action should be taken by industry, the Government and parents. The inquiry collected evidence from a range of organisations, including Mothers’ Union, and has now made a number of recommendations. These include the Government reviewing the implementation of ‘Active Choice’ in fitting parental controls, and consulting on the introduction of an ‘opt-in’ filtering system in the UK, whereby customers would not have automatic access to adult material but would have to opt-in to receive it.

Speaking after the launch event, Mothers’ Union’s Chief Executive, Reg Bailey said: “We are delighted with the impetus behind Active Choice, and the recommendations that Internet Service Providers should provide better support for internet safety education to help parents keep their children safe online. Claire Perry rightly commented in the Inquiry that parents are responsible for their children’s online safety, and we would still advise parents to discuss the benefits and dangers of the internet, as they would with any other situations children need to learn to navigate as they grow up.” To read the report of the Inquiry, go to http://www.claireperry.org.uk/downloads/independent-parliamentary-inquiry-into-online-child-protection.pdf