Internet Safety

The Rise Of The Extreme Online Challenge

Carolyn Bunting, Internet Matters | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Tech
Carolyn Bunting, Internet Matters

Summer holidays are finally here and as we start thinking of ways to keep our children busy for six whole weeks, we also need to think about the ways in which they may attempt to keep themselves entertained.

The Fight Against Radicalisation Is Now An Online Battlefield

Claire Stead | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Tech
Claire Stead

Young people - who are both most exposed to the online world and the most vulnerable - need to be protected and shielded better than anyone. This education, between what is right and just and true, begins at home and in the school.

What Lengths Would You Go To Keep Your Kids Safe Online?

Barbara Brenninkmeijer | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents
Barbara Brenninkmeijer

Parents and carers instinctively protect children in the real world, and keeping kids safe online is just as important, and with a little preparation and the right solution for you as a family, can become second nature too.

What Shall I Do If My Child Is Glued To Their Device?

Carolyn Bunting, Internet Matters | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Parents
Carolyn Bunting, Internet Matters

Can you answer this question? Which of the following four activities is most popular with children - watching TV, going online, playing sport or reading books?

Don't Fall Hook, Line And Sinker In A World Of Catfish

Claire Stead | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Tech
Claire Stead

We are all human, and as Nev Schulman states, what people ultimately want is to find a connection. Unfortunately however, there are people out there that exploit this fundamental human trait.

How Safe Is Your Child Online?

Estelle Lloyd | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Parents
Estelle Lloyd

So I ask you, how is riding a bike any different from using the internet? We need to nurture our children, explain right from wrong, make them aware of the dangers lurking around every corner and to always think

When Is It OK To Ban My Child From Using A Smartphone?

Carolyn Bunting, Internet Matters | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Parents
Carolyn Bunting, Internet Matters

While some schools insist phones are handed in at the gates, others embrace the technology and build lessons around it. While most secondary schools find it tough to police phone usage, many primary schools lay down a zero tolerance policy.

Protecting Pupils' Hearts And Minds

Claire Stead | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Tech
Claire Stead

Moreover, by being able to intelligently monitor keystroke activity, both online and offline, allowing visibility of conversations or content being created in chatrooms, documents and messaging apps, schools can create smart and safe profiles of its pupils.

Zeroes And (Young)Ones: The Future Of Technology In The Classroom

Claire Stead | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Tech
Claire Stead

The days of chalkboards and dusty textbooks in classrooms are long gone. Over the past two decades, technology has slowly crept into the classroom, changing the way students study and access information, and also opened up a whole new world of resources for teachers to utilise.

Empowering Schools To Protect The Tech-Savvy Generation

Claire Stead | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Tech
Claire Stead

It will come as no surprise that the amount of time 8-11s and 12-15s spend online has more than doubled since 2005. Similarly, a quarter of 8-11s and seven in ten 12-15s own a smartphone. These are startling figures, but are the reality of the increasingly digital world we are living in.

20 Years Progress In Battle To Rid The Internet Of Indecent Images Of Children

Baroness Joanna Shields | Posted 23.10.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Joanna Shields

This is not a problem that any one organisation or sector can solve on its own. We have to work together. And furthermore, this is not just a problem in the UK, but a global crime that transcends borders and requires a coordinated global response.

Sand, Screen And Surf: Why Summer Is The Ideal Time To Teach Your Kids About Internet Safety

Carolyn Bunting, Internet Matters | Posted 12.08.2017 | UK Parents
Carolyn Bunting, Internet Matters

As parents it's difficult to know how much screen time is too much, but if you're constantly asking yourself 'how do I persuade my teenager to turn off Snapchat and have a conversation?', then it's probably time to moderate their usage.

Twitter Reportedly Hacked With Loss of 32 Million Passwords

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 11.06.2016 | UK Tech

Twitter has reportedly suffered a data breach that has resulted in 32 million passwords and user ID’s being hacked. According to website Leakedsourc...

Astonishingly 13-Year-Olds Can Use Tinder, Thankfully That's About To Change

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Tech

Dating app Tinder has announced that, beginning next week, they are raising the minimum age of users to 18. Tinder spokesperson, Rosette Pambakian ann...

Making YouTube Safe for Your Child

Lucy Gill | Posted 11.02.2017 | UK Parents
Lucy Gill

It's been a wonderful week or so surrounding Safer Internet Day (Tues Feb 9th). I've had great fun presenting talks related to this subject from digital parenting to apps and coding and particularly enjoyed listening to parents and the specifics of their digital struggles at home.

Who Needs Educating on Internet Safety?

Megan Morgan | Posted 15.01.2017 | UK Parents
Megan Morgan

Learning to use social media and the internet is an ongoing process for everyone, including the parents. Children now get compulsory lessons at school: They learn how to use hashtags, the dangers of online bullying and not speaking to strangers.

Things Are About To Get Awkward For Porn-Loving Sky Customers

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK

Sky will automatically block porn and other "adult content" for new customers who join the internet provider from next year. Currently the company'...

Cyberbullying: A Parent's Guide to Prevention

Vicki Marinker | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Tech
Vicki Marinker

This week is Anti-Bullying Week so I've been hunting around on the internet (safely obvs) to find the best advice about how to prevent, and deal with bullying - particularly cyberbullying.

Generation Aware: The Importance of Conversation in the Digital Age

Dr Richard Graham | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Richard Graham

Young people left to their own devices are unlikely to develop greater resilience and understanding without some opportunity to share their experiences with adults. But what can we say when they want to discuss some of the more disturbing events that they discover, not just 'on the internet', but in the offline world that we all inhabit?

How to Help Your Children Stay Safe Online

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Parents
Nicholas Shaw

The internet is an amazing resource for children, but it can represent a worrying unknown for parents. We worry about what or whom our children may encounter online, and how we can protect them.

We Need to Guide Children to Take the Safe Path on the Internet

Claire Lilley | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK
Claire Lilley

We know that many parents are digitally capable and a significant number of them are confident in parenting online - however the online world changes fast and it can be hard for parents to feel like they are keeping up.

A How Not to Guide on Teaching Children Internet Safety

Ending Victimisation and Blame | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK Parents
Ending Victimisation and Blame

Shaming is not an acceptable teaching technique. Publicly shaming your child will not encourage them to have open and honest dialogue with you. It teaches children that their parents are more interested in the performance of 'safety' than their actual safety.

We All Have Our Part to Play in Keeping Our Children Safe From Abuse on the Internet

Claire Lilley | Posted 23.07.2016 | UK
Claire Lilley

One of the major challenges facing police forces is that as technology advances offenders are inventing new ways to commit crimes. We heard cases about offenders live streaming abuse or grooming children through social networks under fake identities.

Would You Pose As Your Child's Friend To Snoop On Their Facebook?

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Parents

How far would you go to check up on what your kids are getting up to on the internet? A recent study, commissioned by Irish Life, has revealed that...

Parental Protection in the Digital World

Rob Wells | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Tech
Rob Wells

The number of internet-connected devices in your home is forever growing and at a rapid pace - in fact, the number of mobile devices is soon set to exceed the world's population. And, it's no longer just laptops, computers and mobile devices that connect to the internet.