It is well-known that the internet is a hiding place for abusers and criminals, especially dangerous to children using self-regulated social media sites, like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and TikTok. This is one of the reasons why the government making plans for a national regulator in favour to the Children’s charities in the UK.
Since the Online Harms consultation in 2019, there are plans to crack down on providers who do not protect children from online abuse. Media watchdog Ofcom enforce social media channels and internet companies to apply rules to protect their users. Firms, who are hosting user-generated content are the first in the line to apply the new rules.
A recent report shows that in every 16 minutes a child is subject to online abuse in England and Wales, so it would be the extremely important to make internet a safe place for children. Companies said they will do something about their sites, but they tend to fail so that is why they need a strong regulator to ensure they take care of their vulnerable users.