The safety of children and young people in internet chat rooms, 2001

Submitted by:  Media Committee

The National Council of Women:

(i) asks Her Majesty’s Government to release adequate funding for continued research into child safety on the Internet as well as methods for ensuring that registered sex offenders are denied access to children’s sites, or the ability to set up their own chat sites onto which children can be invited;

(ii) asks Her Majesty’s Government to publish guidelines (a) for all providers of Internet chat rooms for children and young people, and (b) for service providers, to ensure that people employed to monitor these chat rooms are suitably vetted;

(iii) urges Her Majesty’s Government to agree a definition of the stalking of children on the Internet, so that this may be made a criminal offence.

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