At Samaritans, we believe it is important to help people avoid harmful content, whilst making sure supportive sources that have a positive impact are always available to them.
About the campaign
The Government has published its plan to help keep people safe on the internet.
Hundreds of Samaritans supporters have responded to their consultation on the plan. This has now closed, but you can still sign up to our campaigning mailing list and find out about future campaigns [I think there’s a mailchimp link that allows people to do this].
The Government’s plan includes a lot of good recommendations, but we don't think they say enough on how some of the very harmful content hosted outside of the UK will be addressed.
This is particularly important at a time when levels of self-harm, depression and suicide are increasing amongst young people.
Samaritans is calling for:
- The Government to ensure that adequate resources and direction are in place to ensure that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport carries out a programme of work to meaningfully engage with other Governments, regulators and international bodies.
- This programme should use evidence from research and engage experts in the area in order to be adaptable to this constantly-changing environment.
- A requirement for the Government to report on its progress in this area.