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FEB chairman supports new efforts to protect children online

Posted by on October 16, 2011

FEB Chairman, Harvey Thomas CBE, has welcomed the initiative launched by Prime Minister David Cameron to protect Children from Internet Pornography and unsuitable commercial exploitation.
“At least we have a positive move forward”, Mr Thomas said. “We give credit to BT, SKY, TalkTalk and Virgin for putting the burden on new Customers to ‘Opt-In’ to pornographic and other inappropriate Websites and not having them automatically available.”
“The United Kingdom has led the way both by the Bailey Report and through this initiative.” Mr Thomas added, “I hope now that the EU will have the political will to move forward with European-wide efforts to protect our young people from the disturbing and negative influences that technology make so easily available.”
The Fellowship of European Broadcasters draws together Christians in Broadcasting and Christian Broadcasters from throughout Europe. FEB is part of the Global Media Partnership linking with like-minded Associations in Australasia, Indonesia, Russia, the Middle East, North and South America and Africa.
FEB also supports the new website “Parentport” www.parentport.org.uk to help parents make their views heard on issues relating to inappropriate programmes, adverts, products and services. The new website has been jointly developed by a number of Organisations including the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the BBC Trust, the Office of Communications (Ofcom), the Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) and the Video Standards Council (VSC).
“It is more than time to take strong steps to protect our children”, Harvey Thomas said. “These are at least the first of those steps.”

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