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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-00187

Online Safety for Children

Submitted by: Rhoda Grant, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Jackie Baillie, Sarah Boyack, Siobhian Brown, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, John Mason, Paul McLennan, Stuart McMillan, Alex Rowley, Colin Smyth, Collette Stevenson, Paul Sweeney

That the Parliament notes with concern the UK Government’s reported failure to implement Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 (the 2017 Act), aimed at protecting children from accessing harmful online materials; understands that the UK Government’s recently published Draft Online Safety Bill would remove the age verification safeguards that were approved by the UK Parliament in 2017, targeted at all commercial pornography websites; further understands that Part 3 of the 2017 Act also empowers the regulator to enforce the law in relation to websites showing the most violent category of illegal pornography, which it considers does much to normalise sexual violence towards women; acknowledges that a coalition of women’s organisations, headteachers, children’s charities and parliamentarians have called on the UK Government to implement Part 3 as an interim measure, and therefore urges the UK Government to implement Part 3 of the 2017 Act without further delay, so as to ensure that children, and women, in Scotland and throughout the UK are protected.