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Henry - Introducing the UK Council on Child Internet Safety - #prr2010



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  • (i.e. the invasion of home and personal space; the difficulty in controlling electronically circulated messages, the size of the audience, perceived anonymity, and even the profile of the person doing the bullying and their target.  The Education and Inspections Act 2006 (EIA 2006) includes legal powers that relate more directly to cyberbullying. Giving power to head teachers to regulate the conduct of pupils when they are off-site, and provides a defence in relation to the confiscation of mobile phones and other items. We are amending the way the courts and schools interpret their powers to tackle bullying outside of schools to mean that schools can use their powers for any incident that happen anywhere and at anytime outside of the school premises. Prevention (which is the best way to tackle cyberbullying ) With the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) we are: Working to improve internet safety education in schools, including what children and young people should do if they experience cyber-bullying and by helping children make responsible choices when online including avoiding and engaging in such behaviour Raising awareness of how children can stay safe though the Click Clever Click Safe and code: Zip It, Block It, Flag It which helps children learn behaviours that can keep them safe from cyber-bullying.  For example, Zip It – not engaging in cyber-bullying, Zip It - blocking cyber-bullies, and Flag It – reporting cyber bullies. Creating safer online environment with industry, developing formal self-regulation with independent review of practice

Henry - Introducing the UK Council on Child Internet Safety - #prr2010 Henry - Introducing the UK Council on Child Internet Safety - #prr2010 Presentation Transcript

  • The UK Council for Child Internet Safety Henry Watson Child Safety Unit, Department for Education
  • Today …
    • History
    • Problems and solutions
    • Way ahead
  • History of UKCCIS
    • The review was commissioned in 2007
    • Led by clinical psychologist Professor Tanya Byron
    • Published in March 2008
    • UKCCIS officially launched on 29 September 2008 and now has over 170 members, e.g. BT, Microsoft, NSPCC, Ofcom
    • First strategy published on 8 December 2009 at the Child Internet Safety Summit hosted by the then Prime Minister
    • Review of progress by Professor Byron in March 2010
    • Content
      • Inappropriate and harmful material
    • Conduct
      • Bullying
      • Sexual messages
    • Contact
      • People who shouldn’t be contacting children
    Professor Byron’s 2008 review: What’s the problem?
  • Cyberbullying 'the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), particularly mobile phones and the internet, deliberately to upset someone else' (Safe to Learn 2007) 19% of 12 -17 year olds have experienced forms of cyber-bullying (2009 Staying Safe Survey) Hurtful messages, the most common form of online bullying in Europe (Risks and safety on the Internet 2010, LSE/EU). 4% of 14-16 year olds experienced this in the last 12 months. Improving good practice guidance for industry in moderating services used by children, which we are revising Responding to cyberbullying (in England!) Reviewing Legal consequences Increasing Powers to Head Teachers Better Schools Inspection
  • What do we not know
    • There is very little evidence on the links between using more portable
    • devices and how this may increase online risks
    • There is very little research on the online risks faced by younger age
    • groups accessing the internet, particularly those aged 5-7
    • More evidence is needed to quantify the extent to which children
    • encounter online risks, rather than just focusing on young people’s and
    • adults’ perceptions of such risks
    • More research is needed to explore what specific strategies work best
    • in ensuring that young people use the internet safely
  • Professor Byron’s 2008 review: What are the answers? UKCCIS: Co-operative working between the Government, industry and the third sector Reduce availability Restrict access Increase resilience Culture of responsibility leading to improved online safety
    • The review discussed the extraordinary opportunities of new technologies; parents’ general lack of confidence and awareness; and how parents need the right support to engage with their children and make them safe.
    • Key Priorities
    • Self-regulation
    • Education
    • Awareness-raising
  • UKCCIS Strategy: Click Clever, Click Safe (2009) Three Strands Creating a safer online environment Deliverables: guidance, industry self-regulation, BSI Kitemark, parental controls Giving skills, knowledge and understanding to help children and young people stay safe online Deliverables: curriculum and resources, e.g. Know IT All Inspiring safe and responsible use & behaviour Deliverables: proactive campaigns by government departments and others, and the CEOP one stop shop
  • UKCCIS priorities: a summary Whilst individuals need to take responsibility for their own online behaviour, they need support and tools. Resources for schools Resources and training for the children’s workforce Awareness and information embedded: retailers, social networking sites, handset manufacturers, videogames etc One stop shop website Self-regulation Guidance Parental controls (incl. Kitemark) A society where everybody has the skills, knowledge and understanding to help keep children and young people safe online A safer digital world for children and young people A safer Online Environment
  • Coalition Government
    • New Ministers:
    • - Tim Loughton, DfE
    • James Brokenshire, Home Office
    • Ed Vaizey, DCMS/BIS
    • Three meetings of UKCCIS Executive Board:
    • results which are tangible and visible
    • working in partnership
    • Prime Minister
  • Looking forward… Priorities Engaging parents and children Vulnerable groups and underage children on SNS Resources for schools and wider children’s workforce Parental controls and age verification Embedding “ Zip it, Block it, Flag it” Forging stronger links with e.g. Race Online 2012 Further development of One Stop Shop Information at point of sale
  • The Click Clever, Click Safe code