Internet: Children

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Stephen Phillips Stephen Phillips Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to improve the safety of children using the internet.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has worked, and continues to work, closely with the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) on a number of activities. UKCCIS is co-chaired by the Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, Department for Education, my hon. Friend Tim Loughton, and the Minister for Equalities and Under-Secretary of State for Criminal Information, my hon. Friend Lynne Featherstone. I am a UKCCIS Executive Board Member.

DCMS has worked closely with UKCCIS on a number of recent activities including the launch of their guidance for industry, which ensures parents and children are provided with consistent advice when using internet services and activities; and the Safer Internet Day in February and the recent UKCCIS summit (28 June 2012) which saw the launch of UKCCIS's discussion paper on parental controls and active choice.

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