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Today the Children’s Commissioner is publishing findings from a survey of children and their parents on online safety.

Last year the Commissioner was asked by the Secretaries of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and the Secretary of State for Education to look at children’s safety online and how it can be improved. Since then, the Commissioner has met with young people, children, and parents, published several reports on how online safety needs to improve, worked across Government and charities, and hosted a roundtable with tech firms to hold them to account and request more information on their efforts to keep children safe online.

The Commissioner remains unconvinced that tech firms are doing enough to uphold their responsibilities to young and vulnerable users. The ongoing inquest into the tragic death of Molly Russell is a harrowing reminder of the impact of harmful content on young minds.

The survey responses published today are of 2,005 children aged 8-17 and it was also completed by their parents. It shows that:

Self-regulation by tech firms has failed. There is an enormous opportunity with the Online Safety Bill to protect future generations of children from harm online.

See here for the full report on the findings, alongside the Children’s Commissioner’s reflections for the Online Safety Bill.

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