Carol Vorderman has shared the harrowing murder that still haunts her. The maths whizz, aged 61, has said she is terrified history could repeat itself.
Carol, a former Channel 4 Countdown star, spoke out over the murder of eight-year-old Sarah Payne in 2000. Roy Whiting is serving life in prison after abducting and murdering Sarah.
Carol told the Sun: “We realised legislation was needed to protect the youngest in society and fast but it seemed impossible at the time.”
She added: “Under the then-home secretary David Blunkett, we joined a task force which pass the UK’s first Online Grooming act and established a protection body known as the CEOP which did incredible work in this arena for years until it was brought into the National Crime Agency. A tragedy in my view.”
Carol says we have “fallen backwards” in trying to protect kids online. The 61 year old says there is ground to make up – and that’s why she wants changes to be made. She added: “I am supporting Nadine Dorries, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, in her efforts to bring the world’s first Online Safety Bill – although I am not a party political person at all.”
Earlier this week, Ofcom chief executive Dame Melanie Dawes has said good regulation creates a “level playing field”. Speaking at a media and telecoms conference about the Online Safety Bill, the head of the broadcasting watchdog said: “It is really important; we don’t really have any sense of regulation yet for the problems that we see online, and that will be Ofcom’s task to fix that.
“What the Bill does – of course it is still going through Parliament – is a duty of care for the first time, and the UK is doing this in the most comprehensive way, more than any other country.
“This is really about the experience we have online, features like live streaming, not allowing anybody to contact a child online, those of the sort of things that matter, than precisely what content is left up. I really believe that good regulation creates a level playing field that allows the market to operate, and that’s what we are trying to do.”
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