Consultation: Protecting children from harms online

  • Start: 08 May 2024
  • Status: Open
  • End: 17 July 2024

This is the second major consultation that Ofcom, as regulator of the Online Safety Act, will publish as part of our work to establish the new regulations.

This consultation focuses on our proposals for how internet services that enable the sharing of user-generated content ('user-to-user services') and search services should approach their new duties relating to content that is harmful to children.

We cover:

  • how to assess if your service is likely to be accessed by children;
  • the causes and impacts of harms to children;
  • how services should assess and mitigate the risks of harms to children;

Our proposals reflect research we have carried out, as well as evidence gathered through extensive engagement with industry and other experts.

Responding to this consultation

Please submit responses using the consultation response form (ODT, 107.9 KB).

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