Internet: Bullying:Written question - 113613

Asked by Andrew Gwynne
(Denton and Reddish)
Asked on: 16 November 2017
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Internet: Bullying
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what cross-departmental initiatives her Department undertakes to tackle cyberbullying and to protect young people from abuse online.
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 23 November 2017

The Government's Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper sets out our expectation for social media and technology companies to protect young users from online harms. Measures include a social media Code of Practice, to address conduct that is bullying or insulting to users, or other behaviour that is likely to intimidate or humiliate.

The Strategy also outlines the crucial role that education plays in raising the level of users' safety online. DCMS and DfE will ensure new compulsory subjects in England, Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education, and Personal, Social, Health, Economic education (if taken forward), address the challenges experienced by young people online. Parents, carers and teachers should be empowered to engage with young people on online issues and we are consulting on support Government can offer.

Since September 2016 the Department for Education has provided £1.6 million to four anti-bullying organisations to support schools over two years. The Government Equalities Office has also funded anti-cyberbullying and online safety resources available to schools through the UK Safer Internet Centre.

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