Social Media: Children

Home Office written question – answered on 15th May 2018.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department is taking steps to monitor and regulate dating sites to prevent the exploitation of under-age people.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

Children using adult dating sites face serious risk from those who are seeking to exploit them, and anyone using these platforms to communicate sexually with someone under the age of 16 is committing a crime.

As set out in the Internet Safety Strategy, the Government would like to work with adult dating companies to review processes and procedures, and to develop new protective messaging to help their user community prevent young people being put at unnecessary risk, and to ensure they remain in line with the law. We will consider whether there is a stronger role for companies to act to protect young people, including by terminating accounts belonging to young people.

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