Monday 27 February 2017 / 11:20 AM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

The Government are passing the buck when it comes to keeping people safe online – Haigh

Louise
Haigh, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy
, commenting on
the Government’s announcement on a new internet safety strategy, said:

“The Government are passing the buck when
it comes to keeping people safe online.“

"The Digital Economy Bill – passing
through Parliament – didn’t make a single mention of online abuse or education;
they have failed to live up to their own benchmarks through the UK Council for
Child Internet Safety and have failed to introduce their long-promised
mandatory codes of practice for social media providers.”

“With
online bullying on the rise Ministers don’t need to hold another summit; they
need to take concrete action. That’s why Labour has called for statutory online
education to be introduced so children can make informed decisions online and
ask questions in a safe environment; for the introduction of mandatory codes of
practice for social media providers to prevent abuse; and for the Government to
stop the neglect of child mental health services.”