Press release

Government holds talks on parental internet controls

Internet service providers have committed to looking for fresh solutions to protecting children.

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Internet service providers have committed to looking for fresh solutions to protecting children from inappropriate and harmful content on the internet during a Government roundtable.

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey, Children’s Minister Tim Loughton and Minister for Crime Reduction James Brokenshire jointly hosted yesterday’s roundtable with internet service providers and representatives from the UK Council for Child Internet Safety.

The roundtable saw industry, government and children’s charities coming together to discuss providing parents with more choice in how the internet in their home is filtered.

Industry representatives committed to coming back to ministers and UKCCIS with suggestions for how parents can be better helped to protect their children.

Mr Vaizey said:

The internet has brought amazing benefits.  It can be a powerful tool in helping to educate our children.

But there is material online that, while legal, is not suitable for children.  In the physical world youngsters are protected from inappropriate content and the same needs to happen online.

Parents are responsible for monitoring their children’s online activities but they must have the tools to be able to protect their children.

More needs to be done to help parents protect their children and the roundtable was a useful first step.

We will continue to work with industry to address the legitimate concerns the public has over children having easy access to inappropriate content.

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Published 11 February 2011