Northwich mum backs the family of April Jones and their campaign to block indecent images online (From Northwich Guardian)
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Northwich mum backs the family of April Jones and their campaign to block indecent images online
A NORTHWICH mum is calling for indecent images of children to be completely blocked online following the disappearance and murder of April Jones.
Five-year-old April disappeared near her home in Machynlleth, Wales, on October 1, 2012.
Mother-of-three Emma-Jane Foster, from Weaverham, has been campaigning as part of an online group ever since, with the aim of getting the government to ban indecent images online after a library of child sex abuse images were found on the computer of Mark Bridger – the man found guilty of April’s murder.
35-year-old Emma-Jane, who works at Leighton Hospital and Greenbank School, began communicating with April’s parents – Coral and Paul Jones – through Facebook and joined an online group set up at the time of her disappearance.
She said: “I couldn’t switch my mind off, even after I had switched off the television. I hoped so much there would be a happy ending.
“I have visited Machynlleth on several occasions now to show my support and have built up a close rapport with the family and other group members.
“I was blown away with the family’s quiet dignity after all they have been through – they really are remarkably strong people who want to protect other children, as they do not wish for any other family to go through what they have.”
Following the trial of Mark Bridger, the Jones family began campaigning to set up a law – known as April’s Law – to stop indecent imaged of children appearing online.
After meetings with Prime Minister David Cameron, various measures were put in place including warning messages and filters, but Emma-Jane does not believe this is enough.
“What the family, and some 2,000 of us want to see is a complete ban on indecent images online – there should be no search results present for the term ‘naked three-year-old’ for example,” she said.
“It’s a whole world in itself, a powerful tool – and dangerous in the wrong hands.”
Emma-Jane hopes that by sharing the online and paper petition with residents far and wide, she will be able to help to protect other children and families.
She said: “We all want the same thing – to safeguard our children – all children, and future generations.
“There should be no search results available for what is being typed into a search bar by these perpetrators and no images that exploit children and encourage people who are committing crimes just by viewing this material to go on an sexually abuse, rape, and what we have seen with two high profile cases recently involving Tia Sharpe and April Jones – to murder.
“April’s Law needs to be put into place, it should already be in place, and we must get awareness of this petition out there and enable people to contribute to a change in the future for children as world wide as our web.”
To sign the petition, visit gopetition.com/petitions/aprils-law-uk.html
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