Watching The Watchdog

Penny Marshall looks at the progress of a new internet watchdog that is working with the government to protect children from dangers in the digital world.

How best to strike a balance between safety and freedom online? Penny finds that issues such as cyber bullying and access to harmful material are affecting younger and younger children - 66 per cent of five- to seven-year-olds are now internet users - and getting industry players to agree to some form of regulation is not easy.

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Penny Marshall looks at the progress of a new internet watchdog that is working with the government to protect children from dangers in the digital world.

How best to strike a balance between safety and freedom online? Penny finds that issues such as cyber bullying and access to harmful material are affecting younger and younger children - 66 per cent of five- to seven-year-olds are now internet users - and getting industry players to agree to some form of regulation is not easy.