Online Safety

Parents - Here's How To Make Sure Your Kids Stay Safe Online This Summer

Richard Conway | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK Parents
Richard Conway

In this digital age, it is becoming more and more difficult to track whether your kids are being safe online. Making sure your children know the dos and don'ts of the internet isn't as daunting as it may seem, and there are lots of tools and tricks out there to make your job even easier.

The Modern Tale Of 'The Birds And The Bees'; How To Keep Your Kids Safe Online This Summer

Claire Stead | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Parents
Claire Stead

We can't see everything our kids are doing at all times; and it's something that if we tried to police, it would only build up resentment. Similarly, we can't ban the tech our children are using - it's about finding a balance, setting time limits and offering alternative activities to being online are good starting points.

Why Robots (Not Human Moderators) Should Be Filtering Out Child Pornography

Richard Pursey | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK Tech
Richard Pursey

Humans (moderators and innocent users) should never be asked to see harrowing and disturbing content. AI will make manual moderation a thing of the past and if this means letting the robots take our jobs then for once, this is surely a good thing.

Kym Marsh Furious After Finding Fake Twitter Account Impersonating Her 6-Year-Old Daughter Polly

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK Parents

Kym Marsh has vented her frustration online after learning that a fake Twitter account has been set up by someone pretending to be her six-year-old da...

Snapchat Maps Set A Sullen Scene For Kids' Online Safety This Summer

Stephen Ebbett | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Tech
Stephen Ebbett

With a wealth of gadgets available today, from tablets to games consoles to mobile phones, children are infinitely more tech-savvy than in years gone by - the average 13 year old has a far better grasp of the internet than most 40-somethings I know.

Are Our Kids Growing Up Too Quickly?

Sam Allcock | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Parents
Sam Allcock

I've been in this situation myself. My daughter who is just seven years old loves to play with her mum's makeup and has tried to sneak out of the house wearing a dash of pink eyeshadow. Whilst it may just be her inquisitive nature and testing her boundaries, there's no doubt that she's growing up too quickly... Or attempting to.

Online Dating: How Safe Is It Really?

Tristen Lee | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tristen Lee

Dating apps have revolutionised the way that we connect with other people, and new platforms are emerging and evolving at an incredible speed - each designed to offer us a fast and simple solution to finding love in the millennial age.

Are You Letting Your Kid Take The Lead On Tech?

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Parents
Nicholas Shaw

Lock the doors! Don't speak to strangers! We all remember the rules our parents set when we were young to help keep us safe. But which rules should we set when our children go online? Even though we've been practicing the art of parenting for thousands of years, when it comes to digital, we often feel clueless about how to protect our children.

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.

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.

Why I'm Blocking Twitter Ads For Women's Rights

Ben Moore | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Tech
Ben Moore

Oh look, Twitter have been making changes. As is usual with Twitter (and, let's face it, many tech companies) the changes have, for some at least, made the site more annoying and clunky. But it isn't the improvements that bother me, or indeed many people.

Parents Warned About Disturbing 'Peppa Pig' Spoof Videos On YouTube

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Parents

Parents are being warned about spoof ‘Peppa Pig’ videos on YouTube with storylines of horror and death. A BBC investigation called ‘Is your chil...

First For UK Safer Internet Centre And Everton Football Club

Susie Hargreaves | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Sport
Susie Hargreaves

Today, the workshops are up and running throughout Everton Football Club's communities. The goal of the project, if I can use that pun, is to educate young men to understand what healthy/appropriate relationships look like and then apply this learning to keeping safe online. Andy, who runs the workshops aided by the Everton Safeguarding Team, is not only an e-safety expert trainer, but also a Football Coach, so he's been able to make an immediate connection with all the young men participating.

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

Unsafe Selfies And Check-In Troubles: Four Tips To Stay Safe Online

Claire Stead | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Tech
Claire Stead

Facebook now sees eight billion average daily video views and Snapchat users aren't far behind, sending more than seven billion photos and videos each day. They say sharing is caring - and that's true to an extent. But when you overshare or share the wrong information online, that can often lead to tricky conversations or unintended consequences.

Internet Safety Day - Is It Enough?

Jenny Afia | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Tech
Jenny Afia

The Newsround kid contributors told me that sometimes social media makes them anxious. Selfies, they say, are fun, but come with a catch. "It's important to look good...when I look at photos of celebrities I worry a bit about how I look", said one. "Sometimes I take 10 or 15 pictures before I am happy with the one I put on the site", said another.

Compass Or A Sat Nav For The Digital World?

Stephen Carrick-Davies | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Tech
Stephen Carrick-Davies

Asking students yesterday about the earliest time they logged on that morning, most admitted to waking early for fear of missing out (FOMO). The adrenaline rush they receive from posts being "liked" can become addictive and sleep is the casualty.

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.

Why Is The Government Dragging Its Feet On Grooming Law?

Peter Wanless | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK
Peter Wanless

Imagine discovering that your child had been sent a message by an adult, on social media or through a mobile phone app, asking whether they liked sex or what kind of underwear they were wearing. You'd probably feel a mixture of anger, panic, fear and revulsion. You'd want to take action. You might go straight to the police and tell them what had happened. But the police may not be able to do anything.

Parents Warned About Long List Of Teenage Texting Codes

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Parents

Parents are being warned about an increasing number of teenage “texting codes” that are used to disguise the meaning of messages. The Police Servi...

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.

Why The Insulting 'Tag' Memes Need To Stop

Nicki Kinickie | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Tech
Nicki Kinickie

My heart sank when I read her statement. While I hadn't shared one myself, I still felt guilty for not realising the impact they could actually have. We are forgetting the strangers that are being mocked are real people with real feelings.

Digital Economy Bill Critics Stopping Children Being Protected From Online Porn

Javed Khan | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Javed Khan

This is a mendacious attempt to derail sensible safeguarding measures presumably as it is perceived to be easier to decry any attempts to regulate internet sites as 'unworkable', than have to make the case for why existing BBFC regulations for classification of sex on film might be reviewed and possibly modernised in light of changing sexual attitudes.

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.

Tackling The Trolls: Protecting Children From Cyberbullies

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Parents
Nicholas Shaw

This generation never knew a world without the Internet. With near on constant connection with their peers, social media has taken a dominant role in school age socialising. But much of this is invisible to us as parents.