Chris Elmore MP continues to push the UK Government for progress on Online Harms
Ogmore MP Chris Elmore called on the UK Government to address the issue of Online Harms alongside its review into gambling.
This week, the Culture Secretary launched a major, wide-ranging review of current gambling legislation to ensure that they are fit for the digital age. It follows years of action from campaigners who have long fought for legislation to be updated. The current legislation, made law in 2005, predates smartphones and tablets and takes no account of always on, mobile access to gambling.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“One of the key issues identified on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Media is the huge increases in people taking up gambling as a result of online influencers.
“Children and teenagers can be particularly susceptible, and evidence is showing growing numbers of youngsters gambling and treating that as normal.”
Chris is the Chair of the APPG on Social Media, and has led calls to combat the dangers that the dark side of the internet can pose to children, such as the growth in self-generated indecent images.
“Gambling legislation no doubt needs an update for the digital era, but this needs to happen in conjunction with work on Online Harms as a whole. The internet has grown exponentially in the last couple of decades but little of our legislation and regulation has been able to keep up.
“To protect both children and vulnerable adults, we need comprehensive legislation and regulation that holds those who work in the online sphere responsible for the wellbeing of those who generate their profits.”