A sad sequel

I have every sympathy for Nicky Morgan MP  who, last night, announced she was standing down from Parliament, essentially because she has had enough of being a politician. The abuse and the toll it was taking on her family life were the principal reasons given. I completely get that. However, only two weeks ago the same Nicky Morgan, as Secretary of State at DCMS,  announced a delay in implementing age verification for commercial pornography web sites.

Children who could have been protected from viewing horrific, abusive images will now be exposed to them for maybe a further year, two years, no one knows, at any rate for longer than need have been the case.

That is entirely down to Nicky Morgan and now she is walking away. Something about that does not feel right. In the forthcoming General Election campaign I look forward to hearing Boris Johnson’s views on children’s exposure to pornography. How will he explain and justify his Government’s decision not to act when everything was ready to go?

About John Carr

John Carr is one of the world's leading authorities on children's and young people's use of digital technologies. He is Senior Technical Adviser to Bangkok-based global NGO ECPAT International, Technical Adviser to the European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online, which is administered by Save the Children Italy and an Advisory Council Member of Beyond Borders (Canada). Amongst other things John is or has been an Adviser to the United Nations, ITU, the European Union, the Council of Europe and European Union Agency for Network and Information Security and is a former Board Member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety. He is Secretary of the UK's Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety. John has advised many of the world's largest internet companies on online child safety. In June, 2012, John was appointed a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. More: http://johncarrcv.blogspot.com
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