Self- regulation of the internet must come to an end through an online harms law that delivers meaningful and lasting change
There is no greater priority for the NSPCC than making sure our children are safe from abuse online. Children are being groomed at scale on social networks, child abuse images are being freely produced but not consistently taken down and vulnerable young people are being exposed to highly disturbing content that promotes or glorifies self-harm and suicide. Traumatised families are left to try and pick up the pieces.
This is a crucial moment.
Ministers are expected to set out plans for an Online Harms Bill within weeks and we will find out whether the Government is committed to delivering a bold and ambitious piece of legislation that sets the global standard for protecting children, or whether its proposals will fall short.
Since 2017 we have been campaigning for the Government to bring an end to self- regulation. It has failed, because for far too long, tech platforms have considered children’s