Children must be protected

PUBLISHED: 15:02 27 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 15 June 2010

I read, with interest, in a recent Midweek Herald, our MP Hugo Swire's comments about the dangers of the internet to our children. This was highlighted recently on a television investigative programme. I agree that the Government could and should do m

I read, with interest, in a recent Midweek Herald, our MP Hugo Swire's comments about the dangers of the internet to our children. This was highlighted recently on a television investigative programme.I agree that the Government could - and should - do more to protect our young people against unscrupulous people who want to contact and influence children for all the wrong reasons.Regarding the media in general, I wrote to Mr Swire recently, asking him to support a Private Member's Bill, which is due to have its second reading on February 29. The author of the Bill, Julian Brazier MP, wants to make the British Board of Film Classification more accountable to the Government. At present, violent and overtly sexual films slip through the net, and are classified as suitable for children and young people. One would have thought that, with all the violent crime reported in our newspapers today, the Government would take a more responsible stand. Mr Swire, though concerned, quite rightly, about the internet, did not indicate that he would support Mr Brazier's Bill.Is it not time that we all, including MPs, took a stand against those who would corrupt our young people for their own ends?Liz HillHarepath Road Seaton

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