‘Digital passports’ to protect children from online porn are ‘long overdue', says CEO of Get Safe Online

‘Digital passports’ to protect children from online porn are ‘long overdue”, says CEO of Get Safe Online

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Chief Executive of Get Safe Online, Tony Neate has said that “digital passports” for children to protect them from online porn, is a “measure that is long overdue”.

Teenagers could be forced to apply for a “digital passport” to prove that they are old enough to join sites like Facebook.

Digital minister Margot James has said that it is time to be stricter on social media sites, which have been known to host adult content.

Mr Neate told talkRADIO’s Matthew Wright: “I have got three children, and three grandchildren, and anything that is going to protect them when they are online, I have got to go with.

“On the face of it, it is fantastic but I have got some concerns about how we implement it, how we prove how old people are and whether the identity is going to be protected so that none of this information can be stolen.  

“On the face of it though, it is a really good idea. We have wanted to protect children and we have wanted to find out how old they are so that they can go on certain websites.

“This is a measure that is long overdue.”

 

'A big majority' will be stopped

Mr Neate added that it would not stop all children, but it would prevent “a big majority” from accessing adult content.

“With something like this, a big majority of children will be stopped as a result of it,” he said.

“There is going to be clever ones and cheeky ones who are going to be able to get around it.

“But, we have just got to keep looking at what are the things letting them through and reduce them down.

“But yes, I have got security on my house – locks on my windows and an alarm.

“If someone wants to get in my house, they are going to.

“But, hopefully they will pick someone else who has not got that extra security.”