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Analysis of Online Safety Bill ahead of second reading

The NSPCC has published a report, Time to Act, analysing the impact of the Online Safety Bill in ensuring the safety of children online.

The Online Safety Bill is due its second reading in the House of Commons on 19 April 2022. The first draft was published in May 2021 and has since undergone significant changes. The aim of the Bill is to ensure the internet is a safer place for everyone in the UK, especially children. However, the NSPCC has raised various ways in which the proposals could be more child-centred and ensure that child sexual abuse online is tackled effectively.

In its Time to Act report, the NSPCC sets out its 'six tests' that the Online Safety Bill must meet to ensure it delivers for children and secures the government's ambition to make Britain the safest place in the world for a child to go online. The analysis indicates that a number of crucial areas of the legislation would benefit from further improvements.

For the government Online Safety Bill factsheet, click here.

For the NSPCC Time to Act report, click here.

Julia Queen, Barrister, Coram Chambers