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10 years since the Byron Review: are children safer in the digital world?

By Tim Mitchell on 16 Feb, 2018

In the 2008 report “Safer children in a digital world”, Professor Tanya Byron made 38 recommendations for government on keeping children safe online. A decade on, against a backdrop of political changes and technological developments, the NSPCC has reviewed the progress made in implementing Professor Byron’s recommendations and consider what still needs to be done to protect children and young people online.

The report finds that only 13 of 38 have been fully implemented, and calls for a set of minimum standards and a statutory code for online providers that:

     - Outline processes and procedures to ensure online platforms are safeguarding children effectively – including preventative measures to protect children from abuse
     - Provide clear and consistent definitions of online abuse and exploitation
     - Have clear and transparent processes for reporting, moderating and removing content from sites; verifying children’s ages and offering support to users when needed.

The document reviews the 38 recommendations made in the Byron Review “Safer Children in a Digital World” and discusses how these were implemented. It also considers the influence of political change and online developments in the past decade, in order to contextualise the changes we’re trying to bring about to keep children and young people safe online in 2018.

Please click on the image to download the report from the NSPCC's website.