Child Safety Online: A Practical Guide

Discuss with Twitter, SuperAwesome, and Silent Secret their work in the area of child online safety and how they foresee the UKCCIS guide for providers of social media and interactive services in helping ingrain online child safety into web and mobile businesses.

A childhood with the internet is still a relatively new experience with few households online even 20 years ago. The immediacy and reach of social media has opened up all kinds of positive opportunities for children as they grow - but also the possibility of considerable harm. Bullying, child sexual abuse, sexual grooming, trafficking and other illegalities can, and do, thrive if left unchecked.

As widely acknowledged, it is the use not the medium itself which presents the possible danger. However the way a service is designed can have a real impact on children and young people. The type of safeguards shown in this guide can lead to immediate positive benefits (e.g. limiting exposure to inappropriate content) and longer-term effects (such as helping users to understand how to share their information responsibly).

Online safety is critical to a platform’s future, and UKCCIS's guide will be particularly useful to:

  • protect the health of your brand, and reassure sponsors, advertisers and investors who all need to consider their own reputational risks;
  • implement the basics (and more) of safety policies and procedures before launching your service;
  • overhaul or strengthen existing user safeguards;
  • give confidence to both users and parents that you can manage safety risks;
  • and implement even tighter safety provisions for users under 13 years old.

This event will be of particular interest for you if you provide an online/mobile social media or interactive service (e.g. a social network, messaging, Q&A site, interactive game, cloud service or ephemeral messaging service) and your primary audience are under 18 years old, or you attract them to your service.

 

Speakers:

  • Nick Pickles, UK Public Policy Manager, Twitter
  • Rebecca Newton, Head of Trust and Community, SuperAwesome
  • Seun Oshinaike, CEO & Co-founder, Silent Secret
  • Charlotte Holloway, Head of Policy, techUK (Chair)

The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) is a group of more than 200 organisations drawn from across government, industry, law, academia and charity sectors that work in partnership to help keep children safe online. The full UKCCIS document is available - Child Online Safety: A Practical Guide for Providers of Social Media and Interactive Services.

Please note that this event is part of UKCCIS outreach engagement and is aimed at tech companies.

Further information on techUK's activities regarding Child Online Safety is available. 

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