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A parent’s guide to the safe use of Facebook

This is a great article on the BT website. Facebook – what parents need to know about the social network

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We must build resilience

The Internet cannot be made completely safe. So we need to do more to help people who are falling victim or who have fallen victim so that they have the confidence and skills to cope. These people need practical advice and in some cases counselling from non-establishment sources. My experience is that online, moderated, anonymous,…

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When it comes to child safety, why do we think of the online and offline worlds as different?

Offline, the environment supports young people with signs and expected behaviour from others in the community – the green man, zebra crossings, speed limits and other responsible adults. Going online and playing video games may be more complex and diverse than crossing the road, but it illustrates that we should change the nature of our…

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Internet technology is wonderful

Young people can use the Internet for: —Education – learning and development; —Entertainment – consuming and creation; —Empowerment – self-expression, being creative and having a voice; and —Exploration – meeting new people, socialising and test boundaries. But in the process of setting out to do these wonderful things, children and young people will almost inevitably…

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The tech industry needs to behave more responsibly

We believe that social networking sites take too long to respond to complaints and to requests to take down content – for example, cyberbullying content. Should fines be considered? How about warning pages? Google puts up warning pages regarding malware so why not in relation to other harmful content?

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Why do we regard the Internet differently to the mobile web and cable/satellite TV?

In 2004 the mobile phone operators signed up to a new code of practice that stops children from using unmoderated chat rooms, porn sites and gambling services. From the end of 2004 they became required to make sure that a person is over 18 before allowing them to buy a phone with unlimited access to…

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Isn’t it time we had a dedicated Police Force for the online world?

The Police Force as it has historically been structured and organised cannot deal with the law enforcement challenges presented by the online world. We have both territorial and special police forces such as: British Transport Police Central Motorway Policing Group Civil Nuclear Constabulary (formerly UKAEA Constabulary) Ministry of Defence Police The Serious Organised Crime Agency…

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It’s time to do something about pro-suicide websites

As of 2009 there is now a single offence: The offence will apply where a person does an act which is capable of encouraging or assisting another person to commit or attempt to commit suicide, and intends his act to so encourage or assist. The person committing the offence need not know the other person…

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