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iRights Campaign gathers momentum

Childrens’ Digital Rights campaign led by Baroness Kidron is supported by Minister Baroness Shields.

Tuesday saw a prestigious event at London's Royal Society of Arts, which brought together key players involved in the debate of childrens' rights online to reflect on a new report from Shillings law firm which considered the current legal framework for protecting and empowering young people online.

Baroness Shields welcomed the campaign as an "important movement" and signposted the work that a "constellation of partners" from government, industry and wider stakeholders have achieved to date, including through the world-leading work of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS).

Commenting on the report, Charlotte Holloway, Head of Policy at techUK, said:

"The online world offers a fantastic opportunity for children and young people to learn, create and express themselves. But those opportunities also carry challenges for young people, which the tech industry takes extremely seriously. This new report from Schillings for the iRights campaign raises a number of important issues and ways of thinking about the challenges of the online world. Industry is leading groundbreaking work that is helping to keep our children safer online, fromInternet Matters, introducing family friendly Wi-Fi and free filtering on home broadband networks and mobiles, to supporting important initiatives such as WeProtectInternet Watch Foundation and the Safer Internet Centre.

"Over the last five years, the UK has developed one of the best models in the world of government, industry and wider stakeholders working in partnership to tackle these risks. We look forward to engaging in the ongoing dialogue and policy solutions that will keep our children safer online."


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