Rosie Cooper MP and Edge Hill University Chancellor Dr Tanya Byron attended the summit launch of 'Click Clever Click Safe' campaign sponsored by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS). The launch of the campaign was based in large part from the Byron Review, written by Dr Byron, on child internet and technology safety.
The London summit was commenced by the Prime Minister with keynote speeches by Children's Secretary Rt Hon Ed Balls and Dr Byron.
Rosie was at the summit to listen to Dr Byron's speech outlining the new strategy and her recommendations.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said: "Dr Byron's report recommends that the government take the necessary steps to provide intelligent solutions to allow young people to learn and have fun with technology, yet still remain safe. For all the benefits of technology, we must provide young people with a suitable environment for them to flourish.
"I was delighted to be there to support Tanya. The vital work she has done to help improve the safety of children using the newest technology is indispensable. She does a fantastic job at Edge Hill University and we are lucky to have her based here in West Lancashire. I hope that the government will consider all her recommendations and implement them as soon as possible."
Dr Byron was asked in 2007 to give an independent review recommending the ways in which the government could increase internet and video game safety while making the most of new technologies for children and young people. The report relied on the views and voices of both parents and children as the starting point for the research.
The recommendations put forth a more intelligent policy towards bridging the divide between an increasingly tech-savvy younger generation and a less computer-literate older generation. Dr Byron's goal is to increase children and young people's safety while ensuring that they get the most out of new technologies.
Dr Tanya Byron commented about the review: "It's about what the risks are in the online space and what can be done in order to help them learn to manage those risks.
"No one is saying it is scary stuff. It's about the management of risk in the same way that we want children to understand and manage risk in the real world, in the offline world. No-one is saying there are huge massive dangers out there.
"18% of children have said they have come across inappropriate material. It's 18% too many but it's not as big as people believe based on the scare stories and fear-mongering."