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Harmful Content on the Internet and in Video Games

Harmful Content on the Internet and in Video Games
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House of Commons Culture Media and Sport Committee
Surveys and Reports
Censorship; New Technology; Children; Violence; Film classification
This report addresses the growing public concern about offensive material on the Internet and the risks to children highlighted in the Government-commissioned report by Dr Tanya Byron. It recommends that proactive review of content should be standard practice for sites hosting user-generated content, and calls for provision of high profile facilities for reporting abuse or unwelcome behaviour directly to law enforcement and support organisations. It also addresses the confusion caused by there currently being two systems for labelling video games to indicate the nature of their content: the industry’s own rating system and the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) system.

Vol II: Oral and written evidence HC 353-II is also available online at

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