The Government has announced plans to appoint communications watchdog Ofcom as the regulator to enforce rules to make the internet a safer place.
The announcement comes as the government publishes its initial response to the public consultation on the Online Harms White Paper.
Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said:
“The backbone of an internet that is safe for children is regulation, which is why this announcement is so important.
“Children face growing risks online, including cyber-bullying, sexual grooming, and exposure to self-harm forums. Two-thirds of the vulnerable children supported through our sexual exploitation services were groomed online before meeting their abuser in person.
“We cannot expect children to protect themselves. Instead, we need a regulator to act without delay. To do so, it will need the necessary powers to carry out work effectively and to hold tech companies to account.
“Barnardo’s looks forward to working with the Government to ensure children are safe online.”