Safety nets

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39540.565208.AD (Published 10 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:803
  1. Rebecca Coombes, freelance journalist
  1. 1London
  1. rcoombes{at}bmj.com

    Vulnerable young people can access pro-suicide sites with relative ease, so what can be done about it? Concerned parents can act by installing filtering and monitoring software and appropriate firewalls. However, a six month national study published last month, Safer Children in a Digital World, which laid the ground for the first UK strategy for child internet safety, found that many parents were poorly informed about technology (www.dfes.gov.uk/byronreview). “I wouldn’t listen to my parents anyway, as they don’t know enough,” one 17 year old girl told a focus group organised by the study.

    Study author Tanya Byron, a child psychologist, recommended tighter regulation of some harmful sites—including those giving graphic details of suicide methods and chatrooms dedicated to the promotion of suicide.


    In the UK, child pornography, sexual grooming of children, and racism are …

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