In the 2008 report “Safer children in a digital world”, Professor Tanya Byron made 38 recommendations for government on keeping children safe online.
A decade on, against a backdrop of political changes and technological developments, we have reviewed the progress made in implementing Professor Byron’s recommendations and consider what still needs to be done to protect children and young people online.
Of Professor Byron’s 38 recommendations, only 13 have been fully implemented, including:
There is still much to do – 25 issues remain unaddressed. To make sure children have the same rights and security in the online world that they have offline, we are calling for a number of actions including:
We hope the Government's Internet Safety Strategy will introduce these measures which would need to be applied consistently to all sites, apps and games where children interact online.
Please cite as: NSPCC (2017) Ten years since the Byron Review: are children safer in the digital world? London: NSPCC.
Lessons from case reviews published between 2015 and 2022, where online harm or abuse was a key factor.