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


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

  1. 1. The UK Council for Child Internet Safety Henry Watson Child Safety Unit, Department for Education
  2. 2. Today …  History  Problems and solutions  Way ahead
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4.  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?
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. UKCCIS Strategy: Click Clever, Click Safe (2009)ThreeStrands 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
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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” Looking forward… Forging stronger links with e.g. Race Online 2012 Further development of One Stop Shop Information at point of sale
  12. 12. The Click Clever, Click Safe code