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Lords debates digital technology and young people

18 January 2019

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Members of the Lords, including the chair of children's digital rights charity 5Rights and a vice president of Barnardos, debated the relationship between the use of digital technology and the health and wellbeing of children and young people, in the House of Lords on Thursday 17 January.

This was a general debate. They normally take place on a Thursday in the chamber. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government's attention to concerns.

The debate was proposed by Baroness Kidron (Crossbench), chair of children's digital rights charity 5Rights.

Members who took part included:

  • Baroness Benjamin (Liberal Democrat), broadcaster and vice president of Barnardos
  • Baroness Greenfield (Crossbench), former advisory board member of Save Childhood movement 
  • Lord Griffiths of Burry Port (Labour), Lords opposition spokesperson for digital, culture, media and sport
  • Lord Lucas (Conservative), vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Digital Identity

Lord Ashton of Hyde (Conservative), parliamentary under-secretary in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, responded on behalf of the government.

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