HMC study helps push for government initiative that will see social media companies help tackle online bullying

11 October 2017
Posted by HMC Press Office

The government is working on a new code of practice for social media companies to tackle bullying and intimidating or humiliating content online, with cyberbullying, trolling and under-age access to porn being targeted in an attempt to make the online world safer.

This initiative comes after a poll commissioned by the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference found that 28% of pupils had suffered online abuse from people they know, and the same proportion said that they had received abusive comments online from strangers.

Anne Longfield, the Children's Commissioner for England, said: "Government, parents, teachers, and the internet and social-media giants all have a responsibility for making sure children have the power, information and resilience they need to make the most out of the fantastic opportunities in today's digital world."

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