Online Protection: Covid-19

Part of Education – in the House of Commons at on 22 June 2020.

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Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Being online has had great benefits for children, giving them access to educational resources and entertainment but also enabling them to stay in touch with family and friends, which is vital to their wellbeing. Social media companies have a role in keeping children safe. This Government are committed to creating a statutory duty of care on companies to protect their users, especially children. But they should not wait for us to legislate—they should act.