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How can the internet be made a safer place for children?

25 November 2016

The Communications Committee questions Government Ministers as part of its inquiry into children and the internet. Ministers are asked the extent to which initiatives already in place to prevent online risks for children have worked so far, and how the internet might be made a better and safer place for children in the future.


The Committee's investigation looks into the risks and dangers presented to children by the internet, as well as the benefits, and also online governance and regulation.


Tuesday 29 November, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 3.30pm

  • Nicola Blackwood MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Innovation, Department of Health
  • Baroness Shields OBE, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Internet Safety and Security, Department for Culture, Media and Sport
  • Edward Timpson MP, Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families, Department for Education

Areas of discussion

Questions which the Ministers may face include:

  • Do you think the Government plays a great enough role in protecting children in their use of the internet?
  • What role should schools play in protecting children and increasing their resilience to online risks?
  • What duties do social media companies owe to children to protect them from harm?
  • Is there a need for greater transparency to ensure people, especially children, know they are being advertised to?

Further information

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