In order to keep children safe online, UKCCIS wants industry to agree a set of rules to stick to, rather than the Government imposing them. This is self-regulation. The principles include the availability of parental controls to restrict access to adult content, and ways to enable harmful and inappropriate content to be reported. The technological challenges involved mean that industry is best placed to come up with solutions to these issues.
There are two self-regulatory initiatives currently in progress working in parallel at EU level:
Discussions at EU level are currently leading, with a UK dimension to be added to this project should the EU process not deliver the UK Government’s expectations.
The principles are designed to be flexible so that as new services, means of access and interaction with the internet evolve, the principles can accommodate this. It is intended that the principles can be applied to everyone involved in delivering internet services, including but not limited to device manufacturers, internet service providers, mobile operators and content providers.
Project lead: Annie Mullins, Head of Global Content and Standards, Vodafone
Project representatives include:
Industry will continue developing proposals to apply a set of Europe-wide good practice principles. This will be complemented by a framework to review how the principles are being used so that parents and young people can understand how these are applied.
Guidance on best practice for providers of chat and instant messaging services used by children and young people.
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Guidance on best practice for the providers of online search facilities used by children and young people.
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Guidance on best practice for the providers of social networking services used by children and young people.
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Guidance on best practice for providers of moderation services used by children and young people.
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Information about the scope, remit and intended action of the UKCCIS industry self regulation project group.
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EU Guidance on the safer use of mobile phones by children and young people.
Principles set out by the EU for good practice in safe social networking for children and young people.