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Thursday, October 14, 2004

Parliament, teenangels, MP Gilroy and Tony Blair

Today Linda Gilroy MP, an incredible and caring woman, hosted an event at Parliament briefing others on the work of teenangels in the UK and around the world. Several teenangels attended, including Brittany (one of the original five teenangels, who i now interning for MP Gilroy), Jennie (who heads up Bradford teenangels in the UK) and two Bradford teenangels members, Kim and Marc.

The event went very well (and we'll share more later), but yesterday, MP Gilroy asked Tony Blair an oral question about teenangels, to which he responded. This process is how the House of Commons works and can be found at www.parliament.uk, by clicking on the house of commons link.

taken from the official transcript this is her question and his response. (IWF is a wonderful group which we support and which has helped train the teenangels over the years.)

"Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton) (Lab/Co-op): Does the Prime Minister agree that although safe use of the internet opens up worlds of learning and adventure unknown to previous generations of children, it also opens up new dangers of cyber bullying, cyber stalking and cyber grooming, to name but a few? Will he welcome the work of WiredSafety in supporting Teenangels, a group of young people teaching themselves the safe use of the internet? Will he also welcome the launch of their UK activity in Portcullis House tomorrow?

The Prime Minister: I entirely agree about the importance of the issue that my hon. Friend raises and with what she said about the need both to help children use the internet safely and to combat child pornography. As she probably knows, the UK has perhaps the world's best regime for tackling child pornography, the Internet Watch Foundation, and we continue to work closely with the industry, law enforcement agencies and children's charities to seek ways of protecting children from abuse. The internet obviously bestows enormous opportunities and benefits, but it also creates the dangers to which she draws attention, so it is important that we make sure that we do everything possible to protect our children, who may be gaining access to unsuitable material."

Pretty terrific!
and, the PM was right. The UK has a terrific scheme in place to protect kids from harmful activities online, and its Home Office Task Force has done incredible work.
thanks to all! WiredSafety is proud to be part of this initiative!

our thanks to Linda Gilroy for making us part of UK history! :-)



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