The Falkirk Wheel applies “factor 50” online screening to keep Wi-Fi child safe

A GROUNDBREAKING scheme to keep young people safe when using public WiFi has

been taken-up by one of Scotland’s biggest tourist attractions, it was announced

April 12.

The Falkirk Wheel and operators Scottish Canals have asked Friendly WiFi (corr) to ensure

inappropriate content is filtered out for families and young people using its brand new Wi-Fi.

Friendly WiFi is an accreditation service initiated by the UK Government to ensure public Wi-

Fi meets minimum filtering standards, particularly around children.

The Falkirk Wheel will have family-friendly Wi-Fi up and running April 2017.

Friendly WiFi spokeswoman Bev Smith said: “As we enter the UK’s busiest outdoor season,

it’s fantastic to see venues such as The Falkirk Wheel undertake the responsibility of

ensuring that young people are as safe as possible when using public WiFi.

“Scottish Canals expect half a million people to visit this one site alone during 2017 and that

means an equivalent number of handheld devices like smartphones.

“So, much like the way we put sunscreen on the