UK – MPs launch parliamentary inquiry into online child protection

Group will report to Ministers in November

A cross-party group of more than sixty Members of the Houses of Parliament, under the chairmanship of Claire Perry MP, are to carry out a Parliamentary Inquiry into online child protection. The inquiry will take evidence over the next few months from parents, child protection experts, internet experts and chief executives or senior managers of many of the UK’s largest internet service providers. The group will report to Ministers in November.

Evidence sessions will take place in public in two session in September and October.

Over the course of two evidence sessions, this inquiry will seek to:

  1. Understand better the extent to which children access on-line pornography and the potential for harm that this may cause.
  2. Determine what British internet service providers have done to date to protect children online and the extent and possible impact of their future plans in this area.
  3. Determine what additional tools parents require to protect children from inappropriate content.
  4. Establish the arguments for and against network level filtering of content that would require an 18 rating in other forms of media.
  5. Recommend to Government the possible form of regulation required if ISPs fail to meet Recommendation no.5 from the Bailey Review of the Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Childhood.

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