influencing UK policy
In our evermore-digital world, children’s online safety is a complicated, nuanced issue. Luckily, our partner 5Rights Foundation works day in and day out to provide policymakers with the right solutions for children, families, and all online citizens.
We work together with 5Rights on a day-to-day basis, operating a busy press office and managing media appearances. This is in addition to long-term planning we have in place, ensuring that important moments for 5Rights reach the right audiences and receive the attention they deserve.
An example of our communications planning coming to fruition is the support we provided 5Rights with for the virtual launch of their Child Online Safety Toolkit, which featured political leaders from the European Union, African Union, United Nations, as well as Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex. The Toolkit, aimed at policymakers around the world, provides drag-and-drop solutions for governments and institutions aiming to reform online protections to better serve children.
A key aim for 5Rights is to influence UK policy; recently, we organised and facilitated a parliamentary event, in order to ensure that the important Online Safety Bill included necessary provisions for bereaved parents whose children’s lives were lost due to online harms. As a result of this effort, the Secretary of State for DCMS, Michelle Donelan, committed to including an amendment which guarantees a host of measures for families affected by inadequate online protections for children.