Social media safety ratings needed to protect children

Posted: 26th October 2022

An official five-star rating system for social media platforms to indicate how safe they are for children should be introduced, criminal justice experts say. A study from Crest Advisory also recommends that an alert system – run by a regulator – that would notify parents and others about threats on social media, should be introduced. The report says the measures are needed to break the link between social media and serious violence involving young people. The report recommends the introduction of digital safer school teams, led by police officers with the aim of deterring children from harmful uses of social media. Crest Advisory said: “The Online Safety Bill must… lay down clear rules for tech companies and equipping the police, schools and children’s services with the resources and knowledge necessary to protect children from harm online.”

Source: London Evening StandardThe Independent UK

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