Speaking in a debate in Parliament on Online Harms this week, Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, called on the UK Government to act with more urgency to bring forward legislation to protect children online.
As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Online Harms, Chris has been working closely with the Internet Watch Foundation, who have reported worrying trends in lockdown with self-generated indecent images of children rising and increases in public reports of suspected child sexual abuse images on online platforms. He has long campaigned for better regulation to protect children online.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“The internet has become part of our everyday lives and during lockdown it has proved invaluable as we find ourselves separated physically from friends and family, as well as colleagues and customers.
“But there is a darker side to this instantaneous connectivity and we must accept that as we take responsibility for protecting children in the physical world, we must also take responsibility for protecting them from dangers online.
“These are among the first generations of children to grow up with the near constant presence of social media. To abandon them to an unregulated ‘Wild West’ online would be to make them guinea pigs in a disturbing experiment. We cannot allow this to happen - the UK Government must urgently ensure that we have adequate regulation in place to protect our children”.