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The Online Safety Bill [HL] is a private member’s bill introduced by Baroness Howe of Idlicote (Crossbench). The Bill is scheduled to receive its second reading on 17 July 2015. Baroness Howe introduced similar bills in 2012–13, 2013–14 and 2014–15, the earlier two bills received second reading, all three Bills failed to progress due to lack of parliamentary time.  Baroness Howe has previously expressed her wish to “help parents make it less likely that their children will stumble across inappropriate material, either accidentally or deliberately” online and make parents aware “of how to make the most of the opt-in tool and information about online behavioural challenges that cannot be addressed by filters, such as cyberbullying and sexting”. 

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