Internet Safety

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.

Understanding the Attitudes and Behaviours of Internet Users in the Middle East

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

Compared to their global counterparts, online users in the Middle East are among the most enthusiastic about the positive impact that the Internet is having on their lives.

Revenge Porn Is Now Hitting Girls At A Truly Worrying Age..

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK

A girl aged just 11 has become a victim of revenge pornography, according to new figures which found less than 5% of reported incidents lead to a poli...

Child Privacy Protection on the Social Networks - The Challenge of Europe's Young Netizens

Nick Fouche | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Nick Fouche

With current levels of web literacy being what they are and our obstinate agility as net surfers still feverishly evergreen, underage onlin...

Stop Cyberbullying Day

David Emm | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Tech
David Emm

Bullying isn't new, of course. But technology has made it easier than ever before for bullies to attack the vulnerable. And the widespread over-sharing on social networks in today's society has unwittingly thrown fuel on the fire.

Publish and Be Damned: Do We Have a Right to Talk About Our Children Online?

Christina Franks | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Tech
Christina Franks

Some days, I think, I blog therefore I am. It is my reason for getting up in the middle of the night. It is my link to the outside world. It is a way to connect with strangers, to exorcise my demons, to mull over my thoughts and stash them away for posterity...

Protecting Children in a Digital World

Nigel Chapman | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK
Nigel Chapman

The internet and information technology can widen access to learning, enhance the quality of education and empower men and women, girls and boys, with new skills and opportunities. But this does not happen by itself - it requires leadership, planning and action.

Children, Parents and Teachers Should be Empowered to Work Together on Internet Safety Matters

Catherine Cottrell | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Catherine Cottrell

Using the internet to chat with friends or play games online has become just as normal for many children as getting up to go to school. With millions of children browsing the web the questions I suspect many parents will ask themselves are: What does my child do when they go online? Are they browsing web sites I should be concerned about?

Safer Internet Day for Parents and Carers

Will Gardner | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Tech
Will Gardner

This years theme, 'Lets create a better internet together', recognises the balance between encouraging users to embrace the positive opportunities for creativity, fun and learning offered online, while responding to and dealing with the negative online.

Cameron Creates Web Filter 'Whitelist' After Much-Mocked Launch

Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Tech

The UK government is reportedly building a "whitelist" of legitimate websites to be exempted from its much-criticised web filter. Internet service ...

Protecting Children Online - Is There a Silver Bullet?

Jacob Tas | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Jacob Tas

Discussions about online filters focus on the privacy and civil liberties of adults. In the child protection sector, however, we are not losing sight of the fact that while these optional household filters are far from a silver bullet for keeping children safe online, they certainly help.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Digital Creators

Will Gardner | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK
Will Gardner

With internet safety top of the agenda, Safer Internet Day is the perfect opportunity to kick start a year of excellence in internet safety education.

Internet Safety Factions: Dissension, Misinformation, Myths and Stereotypes - Is It Time to Take Stock ?

Dr Rachel O'Connell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Rachel O'Connell

In the late 1990's as the internet truly started to go mainstream, a number of individuals and organisations mobilised to secure funding from governments, the Internet industry and philanthropic organisations to develop programmes of Internet safety education.

Dissenting Factions Within the Internet Safety Community

Dr Rachel O'Connell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Rachel O'Connell

On one side is the 'Internet Safety Industrial Complex' faction that includes representatives of companies that sell internet safety technologies, i.e. Internet filtering, monitoring and age verification technologies.

They're After You: Five Tips for Dodging Cyber Criminals

Allen Scott | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Tech
Allen Scott

In a world where we often spend more time online than we do in the 'real world' we will all make IT security mishaps at some point. Statistics from Experian Hitwise revealed that the UK spent 37 billion hours online last year. 1 The question is, how many of these hours were spent securely?

Keeping Your Passwords Secure

David Emm | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Tech
David Emm

Passwords, passwords, passwords! There's no escape! You need them to bank online. You need them to log in to the many social networks you use. You need them to pay bills. So it's little wonder that many of us decide to use the same password for everything.

Three Year Olds Going Online and Kids Accessing Porn - The Truth About Our Children's Screen Time.

Kate Gunn | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Gunn

I was once the perfect mother. TV time was strictly controlled, no sugary sweets would pass my little darlings lips, and there was absolutely no way they would be allowed to use iPads, iPhones, Xboxes, computers or any other internet connecting medium until they were mature enough to use them. Possibly not even then. Of course that was before I actually had any kids.

The Connected Consumer Cloud - one place to rule them all

Allen Scott | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Tech
Allen Scott

With the doors now open for competitive 4G offerings from the major players, the proliferation of consumer content cloud services is one that operators are looking to, to drive loyalty and value.

Schools and Digital Footprints

Bernadette John | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Bernadette John

Today, there is no 'Chip Paper', unlike old print media, with the Internet, everything you put on the Internet is there, potentially, forever, affecting your future educational, career and even relationship prospects. Which is quite a burden for the average pre-teen.

UK Lacking IT Experts To Prevent Cyber Attacks

PA | Posted 12.02.2013 | UK

A dearth of skilled workers is hampering Britain's ability to protect itself from costly internet attacks and it could take two decades to fill the ga...

Barriers to the Facebook Generation Getting Help and Support Online

Dr Rachel O'Connell | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Tech
Dr Rachel O'Connell

As one of the team of people involved in organising the first Internet Safety Day, it was a day that made me reflect on the continued absence of concerted action by mental health organisations and in particular, their governing bodies, in internet safety initiatives.

Is Your Teenager Playing With Fire?

Jon Brown | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK
Jon Brown

We are increasingly hearing from worried teenagers who know photographs of them are out there somewhere on the internet, being passed from person to person. Often they end up in the hands of adult sex offenders; paedophiles.

Facebook's Safety Advisory Board

John Carr | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Tech
John Carr

Unless Facebook starts paying attention to a few very important details I'd say it is only a matter of time before those comforting images evaporate. They'll be replaced by Donald Trump and barracudas.

Are Your Children Watching Pornography Online?

Jon Brown | Posted 26.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jon Brown

When was the last time your children watched a hardcore porn video online? I'm guessing you're all outraged and shouting 'never' but how sure are you about what children are viewing online? Leaving aside any debate about the rights and wrongs of pornography in society let's be clear about one thing. Children shouldn't be seeing it. But with over four million pornographic websites on the internet, an increasing number of children are learning about sex and personal relationships through the warped lens of adult porn.

Why Keeping Children Safe Online Is Everybody's Responsibility

John Grounds | Posted 27.08.2012 | UK Tech
John Grounds

As changes in the digital world gather pace, some companies are forging ahead and taking a positive approach towards internet safety but the overall pace remains slow and some are still failing to fulfil their child safety obligations.