IFPI welcomes Byron's Internet report


The IFPI has applauded the recommendations made in the pages of a report on the potential hazards the Internet can pose to children.

Britain's government has committed to accepting and taking forward all the points outlined in the Byron Review, a newly-published research paper which was commissioned in 2007 by the prime minister and the secretaries of state for Children, Schools and Families and Culture, Media and Sport.

Among the moot points made by its author, the clinical psychologist Tanya Byron, is the lowering of the statutory age at which games have to go before the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).

"The Byron Review recognizes the dangers that exist in the online environment," comments IFPI chairman/CEO John Kennedy in a statement. He adds, "We urge the U.K. government to undertake more education work to help keep children safe when using the Internet."

Following publication of the report, the Department for Children Schools and Families and the Department for Culture Media and Sport today vowed to work with industry, schools and parents to ensure children and young people remain safe in the online world.

Kennedy adds, "A recent court case in the U.S. highlighted the fact that criminals are using file-sharing networks to commit identity fraud, harvesting personal financial information often unwittingly uploaded onto the Internet when children use the family computer to share copyright infringing music."

The IFPI will soon launch its own guide for parents and teachers informing them on how to obtaining music safely and legally online.

Lars Brandle is global news editor at Billboard. (London)