How should children be better protected online?

19 June 2018

The Communications Committee continues hearing evidence for its inquiry The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?


In the first session, the Committee questions legal practitioners with expertise in media and defamation law and human rights. They give their views on how internet regulation affects their clients and how regulation should evolve over the coming years.

In the second session, experts in child online safety are asked what principles of internet regulation need to be established to safeguard children and young people online and make the internet work better for them.


Tuesday 19 June, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 3.30pm

  • Jenny Afia, Partner, Schillings
  • Mark Stephens CBE, Partner, Howard Kennedy LLP

At 4.30pm

  • Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE, London School of Economics
  • Tony Stower, Head of Child Online Safety, NSPCC

Possible questions

Topics that are likely to be covered during the first evidence session include:

  • The liability of platforms for the content that they host
  • Whether processes used by online platforms to moderate content are fair, effective and transparent
  • The jurisdictional challenges of applying UK law to social media companies and other internet intermediaries
  • The effect Brexit may have on the regulation of the internet.

Topics that are likely to be covered during the second evidence session include:

  • The Government's response to its Internet Safety Strategy consultation
  • How to ensure that excessive regulation does not prevent children from taking full advantage of the opportunities of the internet
  • How the design of internet services may pose problems for children insofar as it affects the content that they view, encourages them to make certain decisions or makes decisions about them
  • What information internet intermediaries should provide to children and young people about the use of their personal data

Further information

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