Google, Facebook and Microsoft are among over 100 companies to join forces with the government to help keep children safe online.
The new UK Council for Child Internet Safety will try to improve internet regulation and tackle problems around online bullying, violent video games an search functions.
The council will deliver a strategy early next year to promote responsible advertising to children online and establish voluntary codes of practice for user-generated sites.
The strategy will also provide measures to support vulnerable children such as taking down illegal sites encouraging harmful behaviour.
Earlier this year, the Home Office published the first ever social networking guidance developed with industry, charities and law enforcement.
Matthew Bishop at Microsoft said, “As an industry, and as a company, we are working hard to ensure that the internet is as safe an environment as possible.
All of us who are concerned for the welfare of children, or have children of our own, welcome the formation of this council and its objective of protecting young people in the digital world.”
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith added, “We are determined to do all we can to ensure that the internet environment is safe for children to use.
“The new UK Council builds on this by bringing together over one hundred organisations all committed to keeping children safe online. By working in partnership we can intensify our efforts to protect young people.”
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