Major tech firms tackle the Internet Safety problem

The Uk government announced that major tech companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, the BBC, and Microsoft have joined the UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) executive board.

They are also joined by Childnet, GCHQ, the ICO, Internet matters, National Police Chief’s Council, NSPCC, Ofcom, Parentzone, TechUK and UKIE. Mobile networks, such as BT, SKY, TalkTalk, Three, Virgin Media and Vodafone, have joined also but will hold a rotating position on the board. In total, the UKCIS board will comprise more than 200 organisations, including representatives from the government, regulators, industry, law enforcement, academia and charities. Using expertise from a wide range of fields, they will collaborate to make the UK the safest place to use the internet and therefore, an example to the rest of the world.

"We are delighted to sit on the Executive Board of UKCIS where we are able to represent parents needs in keeping their children safe online," CEO of Internet Matters Carolyn Bunting said.

The UKCIS will develop the Online Harms White Paper to identify, analyse and find solutions to online harms children are exposed to. The report will cover subjects such as cyberbullying and sexual exploitation, radicalisation and extremism, violence against women and girls, hate crime and hate speech and other forms of discrimination against groups identified in the Equality Act.

It is comforting to know the world’s largest tech companies recognise the negative influence inappropriate online content has on children and are coming together to find a solution. However, we have already achieved that with Ikydz. It filters online content, controls time spent online or blocks apps and websites entirely and most importantly, children cannot get around it.

It is very encouraging to see tech giants and social media companies taking steps to protect the young. However, as responsible parents, we cannot leave the emotional and social development of our children in their hands alone. 

Take a minute to look at what your child has access to on YouTube or count the number of strangers that can contact them through gaming and potentially send them horrific images when they are coaxed into privately chatting on social media. The internet, like the real  world, can be a wonderful place, however it requires boundaries. So, the next time you babyproof your home or put a seatbelt on your child or won’t allow them to view an over 18’s movie, think of the online safety controls on their device. Do they have any?

“I just downloaded the app to my phone and from there set some basic schedules, which I have rarely needed to change. Even when their friends come round, their devices automatically appear on the ikydz app and we can apply the same controls there. So no borrowing of their friends’ devices! A perfect fit for my family”. 

Eugene – Dublin, Ireland

“I got the iKydz unit last week and the set up was a piece of cake, except for the fact that all devices in the house are named after my husband Jim in sequential order. I think we keep Apple in business! Once I figured out the relevant ones, we were good to go”

Cathy – Arizona, USA

“I had been using the timed access control in my router but when I saw the added filtering and scheduling benefits of the iKydz system I was sold. “

Jeffrey – Chicago, USA