Independent Review – protecting children from violent computer games and pornography

The presenter of the BBC programme, ‘The House of Tiny Tearaways’, Dr Tanya Byron is to head an independent review jointly commissioned by the Dept. for children, schools and families (DCSF), and the Dept. for culture media and sport (DCMS).

The inquiry looks to have the right focus, i.e. it aims to look at what needs to be done to make children’s use of the Internet “positive and safe“. It will review existing laws, and bring in the opinions of the entertainment industry and parents.

Dr Byron, a mother of two, said: “The internet is a powerful and positive tool for children in terms of their learning and ongoing development.

“However, we must all enable our children to use the possibility presented by the internet in a way that is both positive and safe.

“Therefore it is essential that parents and anyone involved in the care and development of young people are familiar with the material they will access and view – and of the potential and actual risks therein.”

Dr Byron has issued a statement about the independent review. 

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