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How safe are children from the dangers of the internet?


The House of Lords Communications Committee will examine the safety of children online, as part of its inquiry into the impact of the internet on children, next Tuesday 11 October.

Representatives from the Information Commissioner's Office and internet safety organisations will be among the witnesses.

The Committee's investigation is looking into the risks and dangers presented to children by the internet, as well as the benefits, and also online governance and regulation.

In the first evidence session at 3.30pm the Committee will hear from Mr Mark Donkersley, Managing Director, e-Safe Systems Limited and Professor Derek McAuley, Professor of Digital Economy at Nottingham University.

Then at 4.30pm the Committee will hear from Adam Glass, partner at law firm Lewis Silkin, and Steve Wood, Deputy Commissioner at the Information Commissioner's Office.

Questions which the Committee will ask across both sessions could include:

  • What sorts of harmful behaviours are children exposed to?
  • Which types are on the increase, and why?
  • How well informed are children and parents?
  • Do children of a particularly young age need extra protection?
  • How well does filtering work?
  • What role should schools play in safeguarding?
  • What rights do children have with regard to the internet and the protection of their personal data?

The Committee will hold its evidence sessions from 3.30pm on Tuesday 11 October in the House of Lords Committee Room 2.

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