Children’s sector calls on government to adopt essential amendments to the Online Safety Bill so that it delivers for kids

06 June 2022

Today in The Telegraph, 37 organisations from across the children’s sector come together with one shared message.

In their letter to Secretary of State Nadine Dorries, they urge the government to adopt essential amendments to the Online Safety Bill, so that it lives up to its promise of making the UK the safest place in the world to go online and gives children the highest levels of protection. Without significant changes to the draft Bill, this will not happen.

The coalition have jointly developed an amendment package that, if adopted in full, will ensure the Online Safety Bill upholds the rights of children in the UK and keeps them safe online, while also setting a global benchmark for best practice.

  • Read the coalition’s letter to the Secretary of State in The Telegraph here [see final section of article], or view the letter in PDF version here.
  • View the detailed list of amendments to the Online Safety Bill proposed by the coalition here.

This is a once in a generation opportunity to change the digital world so that it benefits the children of today and tomorrow. This coalition urges the government to make good on its promises and give children the protections they deserve.

The coalition includes: 5Rights Foundation; NSPCC; Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety (CHIS); Breck Foundation; National Children’s Bureau; British Youth Council; SWGfL; Ditch the Label; Catch22; Barnardo’s ; My Life My Say; Children England; The Diana Award; Include Youth; Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation (CEASE); Internet Watch Foundation; Carnegie UK; Clean Up the Internet; Save the Children ; The Children’s Media Foundation; The Children’s Society; Children’s Law Centre; SumOfUs; SchoolBeat; Parenting NI; Every Child Protected Against Trafficking (ECPAT UK); Molly Rose Foundation; The Student View; Fair Vote UK; The Signals Network; Childnet; Equality Now; The Lucy Faithfull Foundation; Hacked Off; Coventry Youth Activists; End Violence Against Women; Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford.