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The internet provides children and young people with a wealth of opportunities for their entertainment, communication and education. But there are also risks of harm through the deliberate behaviour of others online, and through exposure to inappropriate content.
As children grow up in an increasingly digital world, they need to be aware of the risks they face online. Everyone can play a part in keeping children safe and the internet industries have a particular responsibility to create tools and information to help.
There are several sources to the right of this page.
Children learn about internet safety in school, as it is taught as part of the National Curriculum, and Safer Internet Day is widely promoted in February each year. In addition, the Government has pressed for progress through the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS).
UKCCIS is a group of more than 200 organisations across the government, industry, law enforcement, academia and charity sectors, who work in partnership to help keep children safe online. The UKCCIS board is chaired by ministers. UKCCIS achievements include the creation of:
The work of UKCCIS is informed by the reviews of Professor Tanya Byron in 2008 and 2010 and Reg Bailey in 2011, it is also informed by a large body of evidence which includes the work of Professor Sonia Livingstone.
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A new code of practice on parental controls.
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Guidance on best practice for the providers of social networking services used by children and young people.
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Guidance on best practice for providers of moderation services used by children and young people.
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Guidance on best practice for the providers of online search facilities used by children and young people.
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Guidance on best practice for providers of chat and instant messaging services used by children and young people.
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The full 2008 Byron review.
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Do we have safer children in a digital world the 2010 Byron progress review
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Information on the proposals and outcomes of the parental internet controls consultation.
Information and useful documents relating to the Bailey Review of the Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Childhood.
Information includes a list of members, terms of reference, board papers and details of items discussed.