Today 300 delegates from across government, industry, law enforcement and the third sector will attend the UKCCIS Summit in London for the launch of the first Child Internet Safety Strategy and Digital Code for internet safety.âClick Clever Click Safeâ , was drawn up by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) and will be launched by the Prime Minister at the first UKCCIS Summit in London today. Young people now have much greater online access than ever before, with research showing that 99 per cent of 8-17 year olds have access to the web. New research published today also shows that 18 per cent of young people said they had come across harmful or inappropriate content online, with 33 per cent of children said their parents donât really know what they do on the internet. Todayâs strategy will outline how government, industry and charities are working together to keep children and young people safe online and implement the recommendations from Professor Tanya Byronâs review âSafer Children in a Digital Worldâ. The strategy will mean:
- For the first time ever, internet companies, charities and the Government will be independently reviewed against new UKCCIS standards to keep children and young people safe online
- Young people and parents will be targeted by a new Digital Code âZip it, Block it, Flag itâ – the âGreen Cross Codeâ for internet safety. This will be adopted by retailers, social networking sites, schools and charities and displayed where appropriate
- Parents will be able to access a one-stop shop website for internet safety advice hosted by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP)
- From September 2011 online safety will be a compulsory part of the curriculum from age 5; and
- Professor Tanya Byron will review the Councilâs progress, beginning in January 2010
The “Zip it, Block it, Flag it” campaign is backed by government investment, and will encourage children to:
- Zip: not share personal, intimate details with strangers they have met online, while at the same time closing off some parts of the web to children by using security PINs or other parental controls.
- Block: Block emails or any other contact from people or companies they do not know and block children from accessing certain sites.
- Flag: Highlight any suspicious individuals, activities or websites to the relevant authority, including site admins, teachers or even police.
- All 270,000 computers to be provided under the Governmentâs Home Access scheme will incorporate the CEOP Advice, Help, Report button, to help children and their families quickly report inappropriate content or internet approaches from strangers as well as get help and advice on issues such as cyberbullying, viruses and hacking.
- Government will lead the way globally, by exploring how child internet safety can be improved through the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
UKCCIS was set up in September 2008 to implement the recommendations from Professor Tanya Byronâs review âSafer Children in a Digital Worldâ. It is made up of over 140 organisations, including Google, Microsoft, Bebo and the NSPCC.
To download âClick Clever Click Safe: The First Child Internet Safety Strategyâ click here
For more details on the Launch and promotional material click here
To hear Professor Byron speak to BBC news about the new strategy click here
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