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Helping Families Keep Safe Online

Ahead of Safer Internet Day on February 8th, we are asking supporters to write to their MPs about the importance of keeping children safe online. CARE has a longstanding history of working to help parents protect their children from content that is age-inappropriate, whether in relation to television programmes or, more recently and more broadly, in seeking to engage with government over internet gambling, computer games and other online material.

Impact Direct readers are the first to hear about a more focused approach CARE is taking in relation to supporting parents and their children as they seek to make the right choices in using modern technology, whether for computer games, social networking or other good tools brought to us through technology. Nola Leach, CARE’s CEO and Head of Public Affairs, will be writing to all CARE supporters on Safer Internet Day about the increased focus we will be giving this area of work.

Over the last couple of years CARE has been involved in promoting child safety online. Recently, alongside the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), we helped Baroness Howe move a number of amendments to the Digital Economy Bill, which raised the profile of the need for a more focused and systematic approach to protecting children online. Last year, Nola Leach spoke at a one day conference in parliament organized by Safermedia on the effects of pornography.

Following the conference, Claire Perry, MP for Devizes, secured an adjournment debate on the issue. Subsequently, the Communications Minister, Ed Vaizey MP, called for a round table discussion with internet service providers to ask them what they will do about filtering inappropriate content from households that do not wish to access it. This meeting is taking place soon after Safer Internet Day. To read for free what the minister said, go to the Guardian report here. The Sunday Times have the full interview. That article is behind a pay-wall, but can be accessed here.

CARE and Safermedia are asking their supporters to write to Ed Vaizey, thanking him for his concern and ask him to support the filtering – at ISP level – of age inappropriate content, to households where such content is not wanted.

Please write to the Minister via email at: vaizeye@parliament.uk or by post at:

Ed Vaizey MP
Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries
DCMS
2-4 Cockspur Street
London SW1Y 5DH

and make points that:

  • welcome his concern
  • encourage him in his work
  • ask him to support the filtering – at ISP level – of age inappropriate content, to households where such content is not wanted.