Teenagers are being invited to have their voices heard in the ongoing and controversial debate into online safety for children.
A conference, organised by Intellect, the trade body for the UK technology sector, will include a panel of youngster who will quizzed about their own, and their peers thoughts on internet safety. It seems in the debate so far people are either in favour of protective legislation or they strongly disagree with any government intervention into web access.
Also attending will be service providers, including Talk Talk, and Google, who have already spoken out against proposed legislation. Google argue that with this protective measures parent will be "deskilled". They also warned that web users would have to inform their ISPs if they want to view adult content.
Sarah Hunter, Google's head of UK public policy said Google was strongly in favour of education over technical measures, adding “none of us don’t want children to be safe online. What we disagree with is the mechanisms by which we protect our children. It’s not that easy and the solutions that are being discussed are not perfect.”
The conference, set to take place on Thursday 14 June also includes notable speakers such as Lynne Featherstone MP, Home Office Minister and
Alan Wardle, head of corporate affairs for the NSPCC.