Welsh Labour's Rebecca Evans has pledged to work with the NSPCC to fight for safer childhoods for children if elected to represent Gower in May. They will put a particular focus on keeping children safe online.
Rebecca Evans has a long track record of campaigning on internet safety. In her role as a regional Assembly Member, Rebecca has championed the issue in the Senedd, and has led debate in the Chamber in the safety of children online.
Rebecca Evans said: “The Internet is a wonderful, valuable resource. It can be an enriching learning environment, helping develop knowledge, skills, ideas and global citizenship, as well as being a forum for socialising and entertainment. But there is also a darker side.”
Rebecca Evans has highlighted the challenges and dangers posed to children and young people online by cyberbullying, online grooming, easy access to explicit adult material which may be extreme or violent, and the pressures of modern trends such as sexting.
Rebecca Evans said: “By educating children and those who protect and support them about the safe use of the internet – including recognising danger and the importance of privacy settings and content blocks, for example – we can make the internet a much safer place.
“By helping children to put what they see and experience online into context offline we can build their resilience. There is a huge amount of very good work already taking place in Wales by the Welsh Government, parents, schools, the third sector, the police and others.
“We need to keep redoubling our efforts and working together to protect children – and I will work with the NSPCC to do just that.”