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Children's charities and internet crime prevention experts discuss online safety

13 September 2016

The Communications Committee continues its inquiry into the impact of the internet on children on Tuesday 13 September.


The investigation is looking into the risks and dangers presented to children by the internet, as well as the benefits, and also online governance and regulation. The Committee will hear from representatives of children's charities, and experts in the field of internet crime prevention.


Tuesday 13 September, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 3.30pm

  • Dr Julia Fossi, Senior Analyst, Child Online Safety Team, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
  • Vicki Shotbolt, Founder and CEO, Parent Zone

At 4.30pm

  • Susie Hargreaves OBE, CEO, Internet Watch Foundation
  • Dr Jamie Saunders, Director of the National Cyber Crime Unit, National Crime Agency

Areas of discussion

Questions likely to be covered include:

  • Are the risks – e.g. from bullying and from pornography – different when comparing online and offline risks?
  • Will new technologies increase the risk of exposure to online abuse?
  • Is the current legislation effective in this area?
  • Are young people aware of the risks when it comes to protecting their data?
  • What more should the industry do to protect children?
  • What more could parents do to protect their children from online crime? 

Further information

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