There are many different people who need to help build a better internet for kids. The private sector, in particular, can do a lot: after all, there the ones who often create and run websites, software, networks and devices. Showing that they’re “thinking safety” wouldn’t just be good for kids – it would be good for their bottom line: many children and parents do worry about this subject, and it’s time they saw the private sector as part of the solution, not part of the problem.
So I’m delighted that our “Internet coalition” of 31 leading companies, which we set up just over a year ago, has now reported: setting a new online industry benchmark for child protection. And look at how much progress has been committed after one year of collective work across sectors!
- Tools to report online abuse or bullying are now becoming universal.
- More and more of the devices you see for sale (from computers and mobiles, to games consoles and connected TV sets) will have parental control options.
- Age ratings, a long-standing and well-known feature for movies and video games, are starting to appear for apps and online content too – and the coalition will be working further on aligning systems to help this.
I will follow closely and make sure these leading companies deliver on their commitment in 2013 and beyond. And I would like to see the whole industry moving in the direction of child safety by default.
Via Gust MEES