Online Safety

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.

Dealing with Internet Hate: Ten Tips

Gregor Smith | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

When I wrote last week's blog post, about why antifeminism ought to be viewed in a better light, I expected it to be controversial (although I wrote it because I thought it needed to be said, not because of any desire to 'be controversial'). This led to tweets from people on both sides of the debate... So, whether you're a fellow blogger, a standard Facebook or Twitter user, or even a politician, here are my personal tips for dealing with the anger of the internet.

Teen Convicted Of 'Child Porn' Offences After Spreading 'Sexts' Of Boyfriend's Ex

Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech

A teenager in Canada has been convicted of child porn offences after spreading naked pictures of her boyfriend's ex. Local news reports that the te...

Introducing the Digital Dad

Dave Wallace | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK Tech
Dave Wallace

The world has changed and I am thrilled by the possibility of young children being taught to code. Living in a technologically advanced domestic environment is all part of the fun and I firmly believe that being fully immersed in digital is good for kids.

Blocking Abusive Images Is Not Enough

David Emm | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Tech
David Emm

Those intent on finding or sharing such images are more likely to use the 'dark web' or peer-to-peer services than mainstream search engines. But the move by Google and Microsoft will at least reduce the risk that the rest of us will inadvertently stumble upon such images.

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Filter Porn

Suzi Godson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

In an effort to curtail "poisonous websites" that "corrode childhood", David Cameron wants web firms to build in filters which porn users will have to actively opt out of. It seems like a vote winner, but will it work? Here's 10 things you need to know before you filter porn...

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.

Facebook Teens Can Now Share Posts With Strangers

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 17.10.2013 | UK Tech

In a move that has already sparked concerns over child safety, Facebook has announced that it has changed the settings on the social network, allowing...

To Catch a Predator

Rob McDowall | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rob McDowall

No loving parent would dream of opening their doors to a sex offender hell-bent on manipulating and exploiting their child but with the increasing availability and use of modern technology, a parents' ignorance could inadvertently do just that.

Cyber-blackmailers and Other Childhood Threats

David Emm | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Tech
David Emm

Children are often more technically savvy than their parents but less worldly-wise and so typically less wary about sharing information or responding to suspicious messages. This is why it's so important for parents to involve themselves in their children's online activities from a very young age.

Troll Over - Four Ways to Stop Online Abuse

Simon Cohen | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Tech
Simon Cohen

Online abuse is a complex issue with no easy answer, but we can all take steps to rid the world of trolls. First, stop using the word, and get real. Be compassionate, caring, and kind towards each other. Let's all live by the The Golden Rule of Twitter - tweet others as you would like to be tweeted yourself.

Should You Undo Your Own Digital Footprint?

Holly Seddon | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Tech
Holly Seddon

In 2013, my own kids just have to be able to scroll back far enough on my Facebook Timeline to see exactly the last time I got horrendously drunk and allowed someone to tag a picture of me (or was too pie-eyed to stop them), or to see me mouthing off about something, dropping the F-bomb all over the place.

The UK's Plan to Block Porn Is Completely Pointless

Planet Ivy | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Tech
Planet Ivy

Forcing every internet user into a limited child-friendly 'utopia' is not only an exaggerated response, but coddling to the point to be unrealistic. Corruption is everywhere - capping every 'sex', 'breast' and 'penis' is futile.

The Continued Growth of Social Media and the Threat to Child Safety

Daley James Francis | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK
Daley James Francis

On the issue of bullying, social media allowed bullies to change tactics, and with less risk involved. Psychological bullying came to the forefront, with Facebook Groups, pages and live chats all available for vulnerable kids to be targeted. Parents wrote social media off as a "fad" or a "trend" and the majority of them - through no fault of their own - left their kids to it.