Online Safety

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 12.02.2016 | 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 23.12.2015 | 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 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 26.08.2016 | 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...