The Children’s Media Foundation (CMF)

APPG 2018-19

Led by chair Julie Elliott MP and co-chair Baroness Benjamin the APPG has been frustrated by the political uncertainties of the past few years – each referendum or election has meant politicians’ focus is elsewhere.  The APPG’s focus however remained the same – ensuring our young people have the best media and arts provision.

The APPG therefore:

  • Continued to campaign for the implementation of Part 3 of the Digital Economy Act 2017 that requires online pornography sites to use age verification technology.
  • Welcomed the opening of the Young Audience Content Fund by hosting the first opportunity for interested parties – parliamentarians, producers and broadcasters – to question the BFI’s newly appointed Head of Fund Jackie Edwards.
  • Continued to maintain good links with the Fund’s administrators.
  • Invited Action for Children’s Arts to present their latest research into their initiative the Arts Backpack UK.
  • Continued to campaign for better internet safety and security for young people and is pleased to see that internet safety has become a higher political priority.
  • Made new connections with the latest intake of parliamentarians and, with a new Parliamentary term beginning in December, has recommitted itself to ensuring parliamentarians across all parties and both houses recognise the importance of and need for  healthy, vibrant and resilient children’s media and arts that helps raise healthy, vibrant and resilient children.