Don Foster MP


PM demands more limits on web sleaze: Moves to curb child access face new year review

October 17, 2023 by admin in News

Children in Britain are ‘growing up too early’, David Cameron warned last night as he hailed moves to make it easier for parents to shield them from internet sleaze.

The Prime Minister said that a raft of measures to block access to pornography unveiled yesterday was just a first step - and that if significant progress is not made by the new year he will consider further action.

As the Daily Mail revealed yesterday, four of Britain’s biggest internet providers - BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media - have agreed that new customers will have to make an ‘active choice’ over whether they want access to explicit websites - a safeguard that experts say will protect a far higher proportion of children than existing systems for blocking unsuitable material.

Don Foster, co-chairman of the Liberal Democrat parliamentary policy committee on culture, media and sport, added: ‘Web blocking should not lull parents into a false sense of security.

‘The problem will only really be solved when they take an active interest in what their children are doing online.’

Jon Brown, of the NSPCC, said: ‘These moves should give children more protection from the detrimental effects of online pornography, which is long overdue.’

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