Child Online Safety Group

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From helping with homework to making video calls to gaming, the online world can enable learning, creativity and communication. Technology is advancing and that brings great opportunities, however industry and Government need to be constantly vigilant to the new and changing landscape that our modern digital world brings.

The UK is a world-leader, having developed one of the best models for Government, industry and wider stakeholders to work in partnership to tackle these risks. Countries around the world are looking to the UK to see what has been developed here to harness the transformative power of industry and government coming together to tackle new threats.

UK industry has a track record of working with government, law enforcement and educators to respond to these risks - from working in partnership with specialist organisations such as the WePROTECT Global Alliance and the Internet Watch Foundation to tackle the most challenging issues regarding illegal child abuse images online, to developing technical solutions to help parents manage and keep their children safer online.

However it is critical that education and outreach continues to be essential parts of our work in keeping our children safe online. In the UK we have world-leading cross-sector initiatives where the technology industry actively works with a range of NGOs and organisations such as Internet Matters to help provide the critical thinking, knowledge, resilience, and support children and young people need to be safe online.

The Child Online Safety Group brings critical players together from across the internet-access value chain, working to support a safe environment for children online. By building close working relationships between Government and industry, we enable better mutual understanding and informed policy-making to help to build a culture of tech literacy and encourage children to grow up to be knowledgeable, practical, and empowered digital citizens.

 

Our aims:

• Promote the benefits of the online world for young people;
• Create greater awareness of the positive work that Industry is doing to promote child online safety;
• Support the development of digital skills and fit-for-purpose policy in this area; and
• Share best practice of Industry activities taking place individually and in collaboration.

 

Our actions so far:

 

More information is available on the activities of the Child Online Safety Group: insights and meetings

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