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Quick guide to children’s access assessments

Published: 7 May 2024

Last updated: 21 June 2024

Children’s access assessments are a new assessment that all user-to user-services and search services (‘Part 3 services’) regulated under the Online Safety Act must carry out to establish whether a service – or part of a service – is likely to be accessed by children.

Quick guide to children’s risk assessments: protecting children online

Published: 7 May 2024

Last updated: 11 June 2024

This page summarises proposals we are consulting on – we will update this information when final documents are in place. Please note that this quick guide is intended to introduce your children’s risk assessment duties. Our guidance will set out your legal responsibilities in full.

A quick guide to Children’s Safety Codes

Published: 7 May 2024

Last updated: 11 June 2024

Under the Online Safety Act, services that are likely to be accessed by children have new duties to comply with to protect children online. One way they can do that is to adopt the safety measures in Ofcom’s codes of practices.

Ofcom secures better protections online for children using VSP Twitch

Published: 13 May 2024

Following a period of engagement, Twitch has now made significant changes to the content available on its homepage, as well as introducing a number of protection measures to stop children accessing content about gambling or sexual themes.

Ofcom secures better protections for children on Twitch

Published: 13 May 2024

Last updated: 13 May 2024

Children in the UK will be better protected from harmful videos on Twitch after Ofcom raised concerns about the online platform’s safety measures.

Children's attitudes to reporting content online

Published: 8 May 2024

This research was designed to better understand the experiences of and attitudes towards reporting among children who use social media and/or video-sharing platforms.

Child development stages review

Published: 8 May 2024

Last updated: 8 May 2024

This review builds Ofcom's understanding of children and young people's development stages, and how this interacts with their online decision making and behaviour.

Summary of our consultation

Published: 8 May 2024

Our proposed measures to improve children's online safety

Published: 8 May 2024

As the UK’s online safety regulator, we have published a package of proposed measures that social media and other online services must take to improve children’s safety when they’re online.

Consultation: Protecting children from harms online

Published: 8 May 2024

Our proposals for how internet services should approach their new duties relating to content that is harmful to children.

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