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ILAWS doctoral researcher attends keynote seminar on protecting children online

Published: 20 June 2013

PhD candidate Henry Pearce has attended a conference organised by Westminster eForum, which focused on policy priorities for protecting young people online.

It was attended by leading figures from both government and industry, including Claire Perry MP, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on preventing the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood; Andy Baker, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP); and Simon Milner, Policy Director, UK and Ireland, Facebook.

Their presentations focused predominantly on the role of technical tools in improving online safety, the availability of images of child abuse online, and, how best to improve the digital literacy of young people and parents alike.

Among the speakers there appeared to be a consensus that though increased use of technical tools, such as web-filtering systems deployed in the home, would be greatly beneficial in the quest to protect children online, they should not be thought of as a magic bullet solution, and that only by educating parents and children as to the nature of the risks of using web-cased services can desired policy goals be met.

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