Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has backed calls for a safer internet environment for adults and young people.
Gwynne joined representatives from the UK Safer Internet Centre in Parliament last week to mark Safer Internet Day. From cyberbullying to social networking to digital identity, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and current concerns.
Gwynne has long-called for a safer internet environment, and recently met with representatives from Spotify to discuss online safety after a constituent of his became a victim of grooming on the music-streaming platform. Gwynne has urged the Government to ensure that the Online Safety Bill – currently making its way through Parliament – is sufficient tough enough to address online abuse on social media platforms.
The UK Safer Internet Centre is a global partnership which aims to make the internet safer for everyone. It provides various free resources for parents and young people. To find out more, click here.
Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:
“It was great to meet with the team at the UK Safer Internet Centre and discuss the really important issue of online safety.
The internet has transformed the way we work, socialise and learn. Unfortunately, it is being manipulated and abused, with children and young people often the victims.
It is the job of the Government to ensure that legislation is sufficiently adaptable and tough to clamp down on online abuse. But we also need to empower parents and young people to know how to stay safe online, which is why I’m so proud to back initiatives like Safer Internet Day.”