Online Safety

Cyberbullying: A Parent's Guide to Prevention

Vicki Marinker | Posted 19.11.2015 | 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 18.11.2015 | 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 30.09.2015 | 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 29.09.2015 | 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.

Top Tips for Protecting Yourself Online

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Tech
Nicholas Shaw

High profile hacks such as that of online dating website, Ashley Madison, and last year's attack on Sony have helped bring hacking scandals to the forefront of the news agenda, what these high profile, large scale business hacks fail to bring to light is the smaller scale cyber-attacks targeting consumers, like you and I daily, and the impact these can have on our lives.

Securing Children's Safety in a Digital World

Baroness Joanna Shields | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Joanna Shields

There can be no greater mission than to protect children and enable them to use the internet to learn, dream, create and communicate without fear. Together we can help end sexual exploitation of children online and give them the future they deserve.

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

Claire Lilley | Posted 27.08.2015 | 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.

Advice For Parents: What To Do If You Discover Your Child Has Been Sexting

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Parents

A new campaign has been launched by the National Crime Agency (NCA) to give parents advice on how to respond if they find out their child has become i...

Do You Really Know Who Your Children Are Talking to Online?

Claire Lilley | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Lilley

Chances are that if you have a child approaching their 'tweens' they will soon be clamouring for a) a mobile phone b) a social media account c) a games console - all of which could enable them to chat to complete strangers anywhere in the world. The days of a family PC in the corner of the living room are long gone.

Empowering More Children to Stay Safe Online

Kate Goldman | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Tech
Kate Goldman

Children have the right to access information and the internet can be a powerful tool, offering a whole world of knowledge and potential at their fingertips. However, children also have the right to be safe and sadly there are a number of growing risks facing children when they go online.

Living in 'Law Limbo' as the Target of Stalking Trolls? - I Should Know

Nicola Brookes | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK
Nicola Brookes

Criminal trolls are winning the fight on the net. Unchallenged on website platforms that provide their secure domain, facilitating them. Offenders know networks won't identify or prevent them voluntarily and stretched police won't pursue them properly, if at all. 

Challenging Pre-conceptions in Children's Online Gaming

Stephanie Ashby | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Tech
Stephanie Ashby

Were children any less at risk 40 years ago when they played out on the streets? At least if children are playing at home they are not wandering around town, exposed to the increasing volume (and speed) of traffic and unsavoury characters.

The Dark Side of Social Media: What Your Children Are Really Seeing

Steph Weller | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Tech
Steph Weller

Forget your top-shelf magazines, the 9pm TV Watershed, parental advisory labels, film and game ratings - these regulations seem so irrelevant right now. We place so much importance on these offline so why don't we care about them online? Why aren't we controlling what is out there?

Online bullying: We Must also Consider Children who Bully Others

Deanna Neilson | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK Tech
Deanna Neilson

The best source of help for children in these situations is usually their parents. Whether your child is being bullied or bullying others, it's important to know what's going on in their lives you so can help address the issue and any potentially larger problems behind it.

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.

Cracking the Code to a Career in Cyber Security

Karen Price | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Karen Price

Every day thousands of people are working to defend UK businesses and citizens from crippling cyber attacks, including fraud and terrorism. Online crime has reached epic proportions, yet we are ill-equipped to fight the battle due to severe skills shortages and an ageing workforce...

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?

Know Your Cyber-Ayttacker: Profiling an Attacker

Gary Newe | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Tech
Gary Newe

I remember the days when hacking was something that people did because they could. It wasn't quite done for fun, but people wanted to show off their computer skills. More often than not, hacking was harmless, someone broke into a system and left a little calling card, but beyond that there was very little damage done. It was for the thrill as much as anything.

The Perils of Over-sharing in Social Networks

David Emm | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Tech
David Emm

Recent revelations about government snooping have led to growing concern about privacy. Many people feel uncomfortable about the thought of 'big brother' being able to routinely intercept e-mails, text messages etc.

We Can All Help Make the Internet a Safer Place for Children

Claire Lilley | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Tech
Claire Lilley

It's easy to feel overwhelmed and to see the online world as an unchained monster. But it is here to stay. So let's agree that the internet is not an uncontrollable force, but something instead for us as individuals and a society to own, shape and improve.

Safer Internet Day 2014 - Making the Internet Better, Together

Adrian Thirkill | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Tech
Adrian Thirkill

We know that the Internet has a darker side and we need to know what to do if we come across it. This is where the Internet Watch Foundation steps in. As a business, we are a founder member of the Internet Watch Foundation, which has been working tirelessly for almost twenty years to minimise the availability of online abusive content.

Safer Internet Day

David Emm | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Tech
David Emm

Protecting children from cyber-bullies is especially challenging with smartphones as they can be targeted in so many ways, especially out of view of their parents.

The Importance of Human Moderation in Online Safety

Tamara Littleton | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Tech
Tamara Littleton

Moderation is about keeping people and brands safe. It is a fundamental part of what Safer Internet Day is all about: creating a better internet.

Data Protection Day: How to Keep Your Private Life Private Online

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Tech
European Parliament Web Team

Even though US President Barack Obama announced a reform of American programmes earlier this month, it doesn't mean there are no threats left. Companies now hold more information about their customers than ever before: not just their names and addresses, also their likes, dislikes, profession, religion and political convictions.

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.