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
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 their skin to protect from UV, we must be sure
access to unsafe online content on their phones also has the strongest filters.
“Joining the Friendly WiFi scheme is like applying Factor 50 – which means parents and
teachers can now be confident their children will be kept safe online, and everyone is free to
enjoy an amazing day out."
Venues displaying the Friendly WiFi logo have Wi-Fi filters which deny access to
pornography and webpages known by the Internet Watch Foundation to host indecent
images of children and advertisements or links to such content.
Andrew McSherry Head of ICT at Scottish Canals, said: “Having a safe and reliable WiFi
service is becoming a ‘must have’ for any modern tourist attraction so it is hugely important
to us that this access is secure for the thousands of children who visit every year.
“The Friendly WiFi scheme is a simple and highly effective way of us ensuring we are
providing confidence to people while they are online at the same time as offering the
enhanced coverage and connectivity that is now available.”