Internet: Safety

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 26th March 2020.

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Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of closing schools on levels of online harms to vulnerable and isolated children during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to tackle the effect of school closures on the level of online harms for vulnerable and isolated children during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had discussions with charities on the effect of school closures on the level of online harms for vulnerable and isolated children during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on the effect of school closures on the level of online harms for vulnerable and isolated children and young people during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State

The measures required to tackle Covid-19 mean it is likely that more people will be going online in the weeks ahead, including school age children and vulnerable users. This may place some people at greater risk of experiencing harm online.

The government is committed to making the UK the safest place to be online. We are working with other government departments, technology companies, civil society and academia during this period to support users to understand and manage the risks and benefits of being online during this period.

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