Children’s Commissioner Attends CMC
Picking up on web inventor Tim Berners-Lee’s concept of The Web We Want, CMC are staging a session to explore the rights of children online and the responsibilities of platform owners towards young people in their user base.
The CMC welcomes for the first time the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, to talk about her plan to create an Internet task-force to explore kids’ welfare online. Also taking part is Reg Bailey, Chief Executive of the Mother’s Union, who was author of the 2013 government-commissioned ‘Bailey review’ that explored the commercialisation and sexulisation of children in the digital age.
Marc Goodchild, CMC Advisory Board Member and CMF Executive Group Member for Digital, who is behind the session says, “We are thrilled to have attracted such a high profile panel to start the debate on how we can best serve and protect our kids online – now and in the future. It’s a topic which is of immediate concern as more and more children use interactive media, social platforms and online video for their general media consumption. We’re delighted that Anne has chosen the CMC to share her early thoughts on the issues and this reinforces the CMC’s reputation as the go-to conference to engage the entire kids’ media industry in the matters that are shaping the industry. This session will be a major step in our journey to making the web a better place for kids.”
The other speakers in this session will bring a range of perspectives and expertise including 16-year-old Amy Mather, Digital Girl of the Year 2014; Kathryn Corrick, Strategic Digital Communications Consultant; Peter Maginn, Head of Research at the Pineapple Lounge; and Catherine McAllister, BBC Children’s Head of Safeguarding and Protection. It’s a hot topic, attracting strong interest amongst platform providers, regulators and legislators. CMC is asking for your input on how we can make the Web a safer and more child-friendly place. Producer Dinah Lammiman says, “Our session is in HUBS C, first thing on Friday morning. You’ll need to shake those sleepy heads post-party and get there to have your say on the future of the Web for UK kids.”