Jo Swinson MP has called for improved protection for children online through the introduction of an opt-in access model for internet pornography.
Along with cross-party Parliamentary colleagues, Jo is encouraging UK based Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to restrict universal access to pornographic material online, through an opt-in system that uses age verification checks to allow users access to adult material.
In addition, the group recently announced the launch of a Parliamentary Inquiry into the current state of online child protection beginning in September. The sessions will take evidence from parents, child protection and internet experts, as well as chief executives of Britain’s largest ISPs, before reporting to Ministers in November.
Commenting, Jo Swinson said:
“Parents are understandably worried about the ease with which their children can view pornographic content on the Internet. MPs of all parties are now calling on British Internet Service Providers to share responsibility for keeping children safe online, as well as asking Ministers to regulate if the industry fails to find a solution.
“The forthcoming inquiry will be an important platform for all interested parties to discuss how best we can protect our children online.”
Claire Perry, MP for the Devizes Constituency, called last November for an Opt in Model to Internet porn in a Parliamentary debate. To read the debate click here
Since then, 60 MPs from all political parties have formed a campaigning group to improve online child protection.
Evidence sessions for the Parliamentary Inquiry will take place in public in Committee Room 7 of the House of Commons on Thursday 8th