Protecting Children on the Internet

I was pleased to be able to join Ramsbottom Councillor Ian Bevan, together with other local Councillors at Morrisons Supermarket in Ramsbottom this weekend, gathering signatures for our petition – Protecting Children Online.

Cllr Ian Bevan and David Nuttall at Morrisons, Ramsbottom

Cllr Ian Bevan and David Nuttall at Morrisons, Ramsbottom

I know that parents can’t monitor their children every hour of the day. When you’re busy at work or home, you want to be sure that they’re safe from harm. But increasing numbers are viewing inappropriate material on the internet.

I was shocked to learn that research shows 81% of children aged 14-16 have viewed adult material online; but only 46% of parents have filters in place on their online material.

We also need to protect children from people who use the internet to look at and share child abuse images and videos. We learnt from cases like the murder of April Jones that people often start accessing extreme material via a simple internet search – and some search terms are unambiguous – if people use them, they are looking for child abuse images.

The petition is aimed at Internet Service Providers – calling on them to install automatic family friendly filters. These filters block inappropriate material and will be installed automatically throughout the home, unless an adult chooses not to.

The petition was signed by hundreds of Ramsbottom residents – many of whom are parents or grandparents.

Hundreds of Residents signed our petition

Hundreds of Residents signed our petition

I would like to sincerely thank Councillor Ian Bevan and the residents of Ramsbottom for supporting this campaign.

If Ramsbottom residents would like to show their support for our campaign, they can sign the petition online at http://www.protectingourchildren.co.uk