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Internet: Security

Volume 710: debated on Thursday 7 May 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice and support they have given parents to restrict access to illegal content on the internet. [HL3010]

Internet service providers (ISPs) through the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) minimise the amount of illegal content hosted in the UK. The IWF operates a “notice and takedown” service to its members if the content is hosted in the UK and the IWF list enables ISPs to block child sexual abuse images if they are hosted abroad.

The Home Office launched the BSI kitemark in April 2008, which is a publicly available specification for parental controls and filtering software. The kitemark will serve to give parents confidence in such products, encourage product development among manufacturers and, most significantly, help to reduce the amount of harmful content seen by children. The Government fully support the kitemark and encourage companies to apply for it.

The Home Office has also published good practice guidance for social networking sites in April 2008, which contains safety messages for parents and carers, including how to report abuse to law enforcement.