Online Safety

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.

'Sharp Rise' In Kids Calling Childline About Online Porn

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Parents

There has been a “sharp rise” in the number of children contacting Childline about online porn, the NSPCC has warned. Childline revealed they’ve...

Digital Economy Bill Reaches The House Of Commons Committee Stage

Javed Khan | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Javed Khan

Theresa May talked very tough last week in her conference speech about making sure business interests don't undermine the wider needs of the community. An ideal start would be for her government to ensure the regulator receives the powers it needs to block sites that are not willing to ensure their customers are old enough to view them.

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

Carolyn Bunting, Internet Matters | Posted 23.08.2016 | 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.

'When My Time Is Up, Have I Done Enough?' - Global Mission to Eradicate Child Sexual Exploitation

Baroness Joanna Shields | Posted 24.07.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Joanna Shields

There are over three billion people around the world with internet access and there are enormous benefits to an ever more connected society. But we must do more to ensure that the internet remains safe for young people to explore, create, dream and achieve their true potential.

How Safe Are Our Children?

Peter Wanless | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK
Peter Wanless

How safe are our children? How happy are their lives? These are the questions that occupy my mind and should be directing decisions and actions taken by politicians, policymakers and public sector workers across the UK

How to Raise Your Children in a Digital World

Philip Woods | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Tech
Philip Woods

We're experiencing an unprecedented event here. There's no research to tell parents and educators if and what we are doing is wrong or right. Nobody knows just how our children will behave as they grow up in an increasingly digital world.

We Must Build on Record Removal of Online Child Abuse Imagery

Peter Wanless | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Peter Wanless

Cleaning up the internet of abuse images and videos - that in the worst cases depict children being raped and tortured - is a global challenge. The significant achievements of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) are crucial in this battle and this week its annual report revealed a staggering 417% increase over two years in the volume of images reported and removed.

Fighting Crime Online: How Law Enforcement Agencies Are Working to Keep Citizens Safe

Russell Haworth | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Tech
Russell Haworth

Tackling the broader cybercrime challenge needs an orchestrated response. I wanted to highlight three ways in which law enforcement agencies are working with each other and other organisations (including my own) to tackle the real and very present danger represented by opportunistic and organised criminals online...

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.

Here Are Some Top Tips On Internet Safety For Kids (And Parents)

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Tech

The internet can provide us with so many incredible things, from knowledge to the power to control our homes and even our cars. Yet, like all d...

Staying Safe Online at Christmas (And Beyond)

Baroness Joanna Shields | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Joanna Shields

As with some more traditional toys, children playing in virtual worlds require some degree of adult supervision if they are to play safely. I encourage parents to use the time over the Christmas period to explore some of these resources, and to talk to their kids about what they enjoy online, show an interest and learn and explore the Internet together.

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.

Protecting Our Children From Harm in the Digital World as Well as the Physical

Baroness Joanna Shields | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Joanna Shields

In a profound act of role reversal, we as parents, educators, law enforcement agencies, civil society, who are meant to be the guardians of children, find ourselves behind the curve. But it remains our duty to stand at the gates of childhood and protect our children from harm and that means protecting them in the digital world as well as in the physical world.

10 Reasons Why I Asked My 13-Year-Old to Sign a Social Media Agreement

Emma Clarke | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Clarke

We talked about a whole bunch of stuff. This opened up conversations that led to other conversations and I it helped me understand how young people use the internet and how they feel about it. It's easy to forget that today's teenagers have grown up in a digital environment - I didn't.

Snow White and the Strong Password

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Parents
Nicholas Shaw

Just as the seven dwarves keep Snow White safe from her wicked stepmother, it's important to teach children how to protect personal information online, by making sure their passwords are strong and private.