Safer Internet Day 2017 and Growing Up Digital
Anne Longfield supports Safer Internet Day 2017.
“The internet is an incredible force for good but when it was created, it was not designed with children in mind. Safer Internet Day 2017 serves as a reminder that we need to rethink the way we prepare children for the digital world and promote their safe, responsible and positive use of digital platforms.
“My research into children’s online lives - Growing Up Digital – found that children are largely left to fend for themselves in the digital world. That is why I called for compulsory digital citizenship programmes in schools; a digital ombudsman to stand up for children’s rights online; and for access to data about the complaints children make to social media companies. Social media companies also need to simplify their terms and conditions so children know what they are signing up to when they join them. The internet has become ingrained in every aspect of children’s lives. We need to ensure that they benefit from its opportunities safely.”
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Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield’s statement on amendment to the Data Protection Bill09/12/2017 10:10:00
As Children’s Commissioner I have made it a priority to investigate ways to protect and empower children online while holding social media companies to account. I am therefore pleased to hear that, thanks to the campaign lead by Baroness Kidron, the Government has laid a critically important amendment to the Data Protection Bill which will see the UK leading the way in ensuring better protection for children’s data.
New initiative to help children identify fake news welcome addition to on-going digital resilience debate07/12/2017 15:10:00
Blog posted by: Anne Longfield, 06 November 2017.
Anne Longfield responds to Shelter’s report on children homeless at Christmas06/12/2017 14:10:00
Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, has responded to Shelter’s report on children homeless at Christmas.
How parents and carers can support their children to manage their rights and privacy online29/11/2017 16:20:00
Blog posted by: Anne Longfield, 28 November 2017.
Joint letter from Anne Longfield and UK Children’s Commissioners to the Chancellor calling for Universal Credit roll-out to be paused for children and families20/11/2017 12:25:00
Anne Longfield and her fellow UK Commissioners have written to the Chancellor Philip Hammond to ask him to pause the roll-out of Universal Credit for children and families. In their joint letter, below, they explain why.