Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, responding to the Government’s Green Paper on internet safety, said:
“Government, parents, teachers, and the internet and social media giants all have a responsibility for making sure children have the power, information and resilience they need to make the most out of the fantastic opportunities in today’s digital world.
“I welcome many of the measures proposed in the Green Paper and I am pleased that some of the proposals we have made have been taken up by the Government. It is right that the multi-billion dollar companies who play such a huge role in the lives of our children should be doing much more to ensure all children, particularly the most vulnerable, are safe and have the information they need. I am pleased to see that the consultation will include plans for a social media code of conduct and much needed transparency reports.
“I will continue to call on the social media giants to give children the tools they need to thrive online and to explore some areas further, such as the introduction of a Digital Ombudsman to act as a mediator between children and social media companies.”