Kirkhope raises profile of internet safety campaign

05-Feb-2013 @ 15:0

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Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Timothy Kirkhope MEP today voiced wholehearted support for Safer Internet Day 2013, as part of his ongoing campaign to protect children from online predators.

The Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber praised the initiative of the European Commission in organising the awareness day to promote safer and more-responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people.

A member of the parliament's  Justice and Home Affairs Committee, Mr Kirkhope is also an official champion of  the the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). He has been working with the charity to reduce the availability of child sexual abuse images and videos on the internet.

In 2011 Mr Kirkhope was a key negotiator in the European Parliament's decision that child pornography and material facilitating child abuse should be removed from the internet wherever possible - and blocked where removal proved impossible.

He continues to be vocal in all negotiations on EU legislation related to child protection as it goes through the European Parliament. Alongside his committee work, Mr Kirkhope is an active member of the European Parliament's Alliance for Children, a working group which meets regularly to discuss all matters relating to the protection of children in the internet and social networking age.

He visits many schools in his region each year and, by speaking to a broad spectrum of pupils, continues to gain insight into the issue of internet safety from the perspective of those most at risk.

Mr Kirkhope said: "Despite the great efforts of many people, including the charities and schools I work with closely, it is clear  the level of child protection is still not as high as it should be. Through charities such as the IWF and the UK Safer Internet Centre to which it is affiliated, we can continue to raise awareness of the problems we face in this digital age.

"That is how we can move forward to a safer future for infants and young people."

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