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Government Backs New Drive to Protect Children Online

September 29, 2008

The new UK Council for Child Internet Safety will police the web for children, take down illegal sites encouraging harmful behaviour and spearhead an awareness campaign.The council will report directly to the Prime Minister and tackle issues like online bullying and violent video games.Children’s Secretary Ed Balls and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced that the council will comprise over 100 industry, charity and Government experts.It has been set up in response to a report by TV parenting expert Dr Tanya Byron into how children and families can get the most from new technologies while protecting children from harmful material.Children’s Minister Ed Balls said: “By putting in place the right support for children, young people and parents we can reduce much of the anxiety that exists around the internet.”Dr Tanya Byron said: “Every parent will know that video games and the internet are a part of childhood like never before.”But it can also present a huge challenge to parents.”

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