Following the publication of Dr Tanya Byron's report "Safer Children in a Digital World" from March 2008 which reviewed the risks children face from the internet and video games, a set of actions and recommendations have been accepted by the UK government. In summary, the Byron Review Action Plan outlines the following:
- Setting up of the new UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS)
- Better regulation
- Public awareness campaign
- Better education
- Reforming the classification system for video games
- Improve Information and support to parents on Video Games.
Safer Internet Day is in February each year.
Find activities and resources from the official website www.saferinternetday.org
Check out these useful sites below...
Think U Know
One of the best websites around with information and activities for teachers and children...
Welcome to Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working with others to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”. http://www.childnet.com/
This website gives news and background to Childnet’s work and serves as a portal to Childnet’s award-winning projects...
A site all about the potential dangers on interactive services online like chat, IM, online games, email and on mobiles.
Founded in 1999, multi award-winning Beatbullying empowers young people to lead anti-bullying campaigns in their schools and local communities, and builds the capacity of local communities to sustain the work. http://www.beatbullying.org/index.html
The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) brings together organisations from industry, charities and the public sector to work with the Government to deliver the recommendations from Dr Tanya Byron's report - Safer Children in a Digital World. http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/ukccis/
Local ISPs may also have useful information for parents. Contact your service provider for more information.
Manx Telecom has a dedicated page on their website for Child Protection
and useful downloads here.