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Policies relevant to families in the digital age

A guide to government policies, bills or working groups relevant to parents and professionals interested in the impact of the digital world on families

Keeping Children Safe In Education

Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children on and offline.

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (UK: Data Protection Bill)

The EU General Data Protection Regulation is designed to 'protect and empower' European Union citizens' data privacy and to regulate how companies collect, store and use customers' private information. It has particular relevance in the area of collecting data from children, such as when they sign up to social media services, setting the age they can do so without parental permission at 16, although allowing member states to select a figure below this if they wish.

Since the UK voted to leave the EU, the British government has said it will introduce a new Data Protection bill in the UK, complying with the GDPR.

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The government's proposals for the UK (August 2017)


Sexting in Schools and Colleges

Official guidance from the UK Council for Child Internet Safety on how educational establishments should deal with incidents of youth-produced sexual imagery brought to their attention.

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Prevent

Guidance for schools (including nurseries), colleges and other organisations looking after children in England and Wales to have 'due regard' to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

Revised Prevent Duty guidance for England and Wales (July 2015)