NEWS & RESOURCES
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A directory of more than 50 UK-based companies which provide technology or solutions which facilitate safer online experiences, and protect users from harmful content, contact or conduct.
The independent study, ‘Safer technology, safer users: The UK as a world leader in Safety Tech’, highlights significant growth within the Safety Tech sector, with the number of dedicated online safety firms doubling in the last five years and investment increasing more than eight-fold in 2019, making it a record year.
One of the first independent research projects to be supported by the ICO Grants Programme has published its findings and outcomes. The project by the London School of Economics, entitled ‘Children’s Online Privacy and Commercial Use of Data: Growing up in a digital age’, investigated and analysed the experiences of children navigating the online world. The final outcomes report has now been published, along with a free online privacy toolkit for children.
The UK will become the first country in the world to bring in age-verification for online pornography when the measures come into force on 15 July 2019
Porn sites must check age of users or risk facing sanctions
New approach is the first of its kind in the world, and puts in place the same protections that exist offline
Stricter measures in place to protect users’ data and privacy
The Guidance on Age-verification Arrangements can be accessed by clicking the UK Gov logo
Details on the UK Gov website can be accessed here.
Friendly WiFi welcomes the new Online Harms White Paper published by UK Government on 8th April targeted at setting out a programme of action to tackle online safety and work towards making the UK the safest place to be online. The Online Harms White Paper sets out the government’s plans for a world-leading package of online safety measures that also supports innovation and a thriving digital economy.
Other details can be found directly at UK GOV website here.
Children are now spending an average of just over two hours a day online, and a new study by Ofcom highlights the reasons young people are drawn to video services such as Netflix and YouTube.
In 2017, the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome hosted the World Congress on Child Dignity in the Digital World, in partnership with the WePROTECT Global Alliance and Il Telefono Azzurro. Dozens of the world’s online safety leaders joined the Congress to discuss the international fight against online child sexual exploitation
This month the UK Safer Internet Centre published the Safer Internet Day 2018 Impact Report.
The impact report looks at the reach of Safer Internet Day 2018 and the positive impact that it had on children, young people, parents, carers, and teachers. Safer Internet Day 2018 was the biggest one yet, thanks to the collective actions across the UK, with this year's campaign reaching 45% of young people and 30% of parents!
Figures released today (April 18, 2018) by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), the charity that searches for and removes online child sexual abuse imagery, show that more of this disturbing material is being found than ever before.
The data is published in this IWF Annual Report, which provides a yearly global measure of the number of online images and videos of children being sexually abused to government, the police and the internet industry. The eagerly awaited report also contains ‘trends’ in how services are being abused by offenders to host this illegal material.
The report highlights the worryingly large misconceptions the public have about cyber crime compared to the reality of the threat – then how these are acting as a barrier to behavioural action, and increasing our vulnerability.
The UKCCIS Evidence Group published its literature review on Children's Online Activities, Risks and Safety. The literature review looks at recent research and deliberates issues related to child internet safety to inform relevant bodies, organisations and policymakers of emerging issues, trends and gaps in research to improve methods and services.
Protecting our kids from online pornography harms is everyone’s business
The Porn Harms Kids Report provides comprehensive opportunities to expand understanding of the scope of pornography’s impact on children and young people. Porn Harms Kids undertook a thorough investigation into past and present legislative, policy, digital and educational strategies that attempt to address the harms. The Report presents their findings and reviews; includes comprehensive international research; and provides clear calls for action and recommendations, including the proposed 3-year Action Plan. This solutions-focused Action Plan was developed to respond to children and young people's vulnerabilities to pornography, in consultation with experts around the world.
Internet Safety Strategy green paper
The Internet Safety Strategy looks at how UK Government can ensure Britain is the safest place in the world to be online. The Strategy considers the responsibilities of companies to their users, the use of technical solutions to prevent online harms and government’s role in supporting users.
The consultation covers various aspects of online safety including:
the introduction of a social media code of practice, transparency reporting and a social media levy,
technological solutions to online harms,
developing children’s digital literacy,
support for parents and carers,
adults’ experience of online abuse, and
young people’s use of online dating websites/ applications.
Digital Economy Act 2017
The Digital Economy Act 2017 is to make provision about electronic communications infrastructure and services; to provide for restricting access to online pornography; to make provision about protection of intellectual property in connection with electronic communications; to make provision about data-sharing; to make provision in connection with section 68 of the Telecommunications Act 1984; to make provision about functions of OFCOM in relation to the BBC; to provide for determination by the BBC of age-related TV licence fee concessions; to make provision about the regulation of direct marketing; to make other provision about OFCOM and its functions; to make provision about internet filters; to make provision about preventing or restricting the use of communication devices in connection with drug dealing offences; to confer power to create an offence of breaching limits on ticket sales; to make provision about the payment of charges to the Information Commissioner; to make provision about payment systems and securities settlement systems; to make provision about qualifications in information technology; and for connected purposes
Ofcom: Internet Service Providers: Network level filtering measures
This report sets out the measures put in place by the UK’s four largest fixed line internet service providers (ISPs) - BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media - to introduce a family-friendly network level filtering service, which allows the account holder to choose to block web based content that might be inappropriate for children at a network level.
Ofcom: Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report
This report examines children’s media literacy. It provides detailed evidence on media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 5-15, as well as detailed information about the media access and use of young children aged 3-4.
Ofcom: Strategies of parental protection for children online
This report on internet safety measures looks at parents’ strategies for protecting children when they are online. We set out the context of the internet, look at the opportunities, risks and challenges, and explore how parents can manage those risks and challenges.
Guide for education settings and filtering providers about establishing 'appropriate levels’ of filtering and monitoring.
The aim is to help schools and providers comprehend, in conjunction with their completed risk assessment, what should be considered as ‘appropriate’ filtering and monitoring. Friendly WiFi works with many of the recognised filtering providers for education.
Global Kids Online: Research synthesis
This report offers a synthesis of Global Kids Online’s work from 2015-2016 and is designed to be of interest to researchers and research users. The report presents the background of the study, some key findings, the process of methodology development and testing, and indicates recommendations and future directions.
Department for Eduaction: Keeping children safe in education
This is statutory guidance from the Department for Education issued under Section 175 of the Education Act 2002, the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and the Non-Maintained Special Schools (England) Regulations 2015. Schools and colleges must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This means that they should comply with it unless exceptional circumstances arise.
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