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Wales 'can do more' to protect children online

Wales 'can do more' to protect children online according to NSPCC Wales.

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The leading children's charity has called for the next Welsh Assembly to take a leading role in tackling abuse and advancing online safety.

They have today published several recommendations:

  • A comprehensive Online Safety Action Plan
  • The creation of an entirely independent Digital Advisory Group
  • Collaboration with social media providers
  • Online safety lessons for children
  • Ensuring online safety becomes a key part of the National Safeguarding Board for Wales
  • Ensuring adequate guidance for public service professionals on sexting and the law

We want better education for children in dealing with the often severe pitfalls of the internet and the creation of a digital advisory group to assist and support the decision makers.

The Social Services and Wellbeing Act brought a welcome focus on tackling abuse and neglect which we hope will deliver real progress – but there’s more to do.

Our country won’t have a comprehensive approach until it prioritises the internet and puts a clear and cross-cutting plan in place to make sure our children are safe and free from harm in the digital world.

On average, one in three internet users in Wales is a child and online abuse is an ever-evolving problem. We can fight it – and I hope every Assembly candidate backs our manifesto to fight for safer childhoods.

– Des Mannion, Head of NSPCC Wales