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Internet Access

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what regulations govern access by minors to adult content on the internet. (192447)

While there are no specific regulations in this area, the Government have taken steps to protect children from harmful content. Examples include the establishment and work of the Internet Watch Foundation, the Home Office task force on child protection and the cyber bullying guidance published by the DCSF in September 2007. I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Coventry, South (Mr. Cunningham) on 23 January 2008, Official Report, column 2038W, which gives more details about these measures.

In addition, the Prime Minister announced a review of the risk to children of exposure to harmful or inappropriate content in video games and online. The review will assess the effectiveness and adequacy of existing measures to help prevent children from being exposed to such material and help parents understand and manage the risks of access to inappropriate content.

Dr. Tanya Byron is conducting this review, and will report to Ministers in March 2008.