Keeping kids safe online

James joined Ivanka Trump, the Phoenix 11 survivors group, Ministers from the US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand as well as major tech companies at events in Washington this week for the launch of a first-of-its-kind blueprint to keep children safe on the internet.

At a press conference at the U.S. Department of Justice, the Voluntary Principles to Counter Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse were formally launched. They are a set of 11 actions tech firms should take to ensure children are not sexually exploited on their platforms.

These range from pledges to stop existing and new child sexual abuse material appearing on platforms, taking steps to stop the livestreaming of abuse, identify and stop grooming and predatory behaviour, and ensuring they are ahead of the evolving threat.

In July the Five Country Ministerial – made up of the governments of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA – agreed to draft the principles, given the global nature of child sexual abuse. They were written in consultation with technology industry representatives.

Among the companies to endorse the principles were Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Snap and Roblox. At a roundtable discussion in Washington, attendees from the Five Countries, including James (as the UK Security Minister) and industry, discussed the voluntary principles and the best way to ensure tech companies action them.

As part of the launch, James also met the Phoenix 11 – an inspiring group of Canadian survivors of child sexual abuse whose testimony and call to action has been a significant influence in the creation of the principles.

James said:

“We cannot allow children to fall victim to predators who lurk in the shadows of the web.

Through global collaboration and with enhanced action from the Five Countries, law enforcement agencies and tech companies, we will ensure that children are protected online.”

As part of his visit to Washington, James also attended the Transatlantic Aviation Industry Roundtable, to discuss further UK-US collaboration on aviation security solutions.

You can see James’s speech at the US Department of Justice at

https://www.justice.gov/opa/video/attorney-general-barr-acting-homeland-security-secretary-wolf-and-international-partners

You can find further details of the voluntary principles at:

https://www.justice.gov/opa/video/attorney-general-barr-acting-homeland-security-secretary-wolf-and-international-partners