Child Safety Online UK

Conservative MP John Whittingdale is leading an inquiry into how safe social networking sites are for children and recently met with Bebo’s head of safety. Things didn’t quite go to plan though…

John Whittingdale – What age would you say is appropriate to join Bebo?
Rosie O’Connell – Legally you have to be 13 to join Bebo.
JW – My daughter is 12 and she’s been on Bebo for at least 18 months. I think every single one of her friends is and she spends hours on there. It’s universal, way below 13. Do you think that’s inappropriate?
ROC – When parents report to us that their child is underage then we’ll delete the account.
JW – So my daughter shouldn’t be on Bebo?

Don’t you think it’s wonderful that the safety of our children online is being championed by someone too lazy to spend five minutes out of a self professed eighteen months to check the terms and conditions of a website that his very young daughter spends hours everyday on? This is the man you’re entrusting your children’s safety to online people, but it doesn’t have to be that way. I’ll give you the same tip that John Whittingdale should follow: Take an interest in your child.


17 thoughts on “Child Safety Online UK

  1. So… is his daughter still on bebo? Is he sleeping on the couch because his wife won't talk to him due to his ruining the young'uns social life? Β Β Is he sleeping with one eye open because the kid has threatened to kill him as he sleeps? You'd never find an American politician admitting anything like what Mr. Whittendale did! Will he now resign in disgrace like "Tricky (I am not a crook) Dick" or press on like "Slick ( I did NOT have sex with that woman) Willie"? :p

  2. What you are actually saying that parents have a responsibility for what their children get up to?Whose a reactionary old fascist then

  3. He is a member of the British Parliment. Β Β He also limps, and is therefore a member of the Ministry of Silly Walks.

  4. Yes, Fanny, πŸ˜‰ he limps because every time he opens his mouth he shoots himself in the foot! πŸ˜†

  5. @Dennis : don't they make strange comments about the internet being a 'series of tubes' instead? Anyway, ours never resign. They barely even get investigated. No William Jefferson-style FBI stings here

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