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A child using a laptop computer A child using a laptop computer, March 9, 2017 (file photo by Dominic Lipinski for the Press Association via AP Images).

The U.K. Is Taking Aim at Online Risks for Children

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021

Editor’s Note: Guest columnist Kate Jones is filling in this week for Emily Taylor.

Ask just about any parent about the impact of technology on their children and they’ll tell you they’re worried, even if most find it near-impossible to identify all the risks, let alone work out how to protect tech-savvy children from them. Online concerns for children include the impact of social media on their mental health; the risks of online grooming of minors by sexual predators; the effect that widespread exposure to pornography has on them; the collection and retention of large amounts of their personal data; and the amount of time they spend on irresistible feeds and games. For many families, tech is a whole new front in the parenting battleground. ...

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