New technologies inspire children to be creative, communicate and learn. However, while the internet is a great resource, it is important that children and young people are protected from the risks they may encounter. 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 Council was established in 2008 following a review by Professor Tanya Byron discussing, and taking action, on topical issues concerning children’s use of the internet.
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The Education for a Connected World framework describes the Digital knowledge and skills that children and young people should have the opportunity to develop at different ages and stages of their lives. It highlights what a child should know in terms of current online technology, its influence on behaviour and development, and what skills they need to be able to navigate it.
The document supports one of the key aims of the government’s Internet Safety Strategy of supporting children to stay safe and make a positive contribution online, as well enabling teachers to develop effective strategies for understanding and handling online risks.
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Sexting Guidance available in Welsh
The UKCCIS Education Group has produced advice for schools and colleges in Wales on responding to incidents of ‘sexting.’ The advice aims to support them in tackling the range of issues which these incidents present including responding to disclosures, handling devices and imagery, risk assessing situations and involving other agencies. The advice also contains information about preventative education, working with parents and reporting imagery to providers. This advice is non-statutory and should be read alongside the Welsh Government’s Keeping learners safe statutory guidance. Schools and colleges in England should continue to refer to the English version. The Welsh version of the guidance is available here: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/professionals/guidance/sexting-guidance-wales/
Keeping children safe from bullying connected to race and faith is integral to building safe and thriving communities. This guide highlights some key actions that can both prevent, and respond to race and faith targeted bullying in a school environment. There are also links to further resources and activities that can help you in your approach to promoting good relationships and equality in your school.
This review focusses on addressing: trends, to understand recent developments and anticipate emerging issues; online risk of harm to children and implications for safety policy and practice; and key findings, linking to original reports, highlighting useful graphs and including verbatim quotes from children where available.
External visitors can provide a useful and engaging approach to enable educational settings to deliver online safety messages to children, young people and adults. Educational settings seeking support from external visitors to help explore issues such as cyberbullying, online pornography, ‘sexting’ and staying safe online can use this document to guide their process of selecting suitable visitors and sessions. This consultation document explores key questions in the form of a checklist to help educational settings ensure the maximum impact of online safety sessions. The guidance highlights a range of resources which can be used to support educational settings to develop a whole setting approach towards online safety in line with national guidance. The document can be used to facilitate conversations between educational settings and external visitors to develop children and young people digital literacy skills and parental awareness. Following use of the document, you have an opportunity to feedback directly to the UKCCIS Education Working Group in the form of an online survey. All feedback will be considered and a final version of the guidance produced later this year.
This one page summary document has been designed for all teaching and non – teaching staff in schools and colleges. It provides an overview to frontline staff on how to respond to incidences involving ‘sexting. The full advice document ‘Sexting in Schools and colleges’ complements the DfE’s Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance and the non-statutory Searching, Screening and Confiscation guidance for schools.
The UKCCIS Education Group has developed guidance for school governors to help governing boards support their school leaders to keep children safe online. Governors can use it to: gain a basic understanding of the school’s current approach to keeping children safe online; learn how to improve this approach where appropriate; and find out about tools which can be used to improve the approach. The document includes examples of good and outstanding practice, as well as identifying when governors should be concerned. This guidance is non-statutory and should be read alongside the Department for Education’s Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance.
The UKCCIS Education Group has produced advice for schools and colleges on responding to incidents of ‘sexting.’ The advice aims to support them in tackling the range of issues which these incidents present including responding to disclosures, handling devices and imagery, risk assessing situations and involving other agencies. The advice also contains information about preventative education, working with parents and reporting imagery to providers. This advice is non-statutory and should be read alongside the Department for Education’s Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance and non-statutory Searching, Screening and Confiscation advice for schools.
UKCCIS achievements include:
- implementing an unavoidable choice for home broadband customers about whether to turn on parental control filters, as well as considering potential problems around overblocking.
- working with the RDI (UK) Holdings to design a Friendly Wifi logo,to allow parents and families to easily identify places where they can be sure that the public wifi has filtered inappropriate websites.
- creating summaries of a large body of internet safety research
- creating a guide for HTML version available here. with examples of good practice from leading technology companies, and advice from NGOs and other online child safety experts. Its purpose is to encourage businesses to think about “safety by design” to help make their platforms safer for children and young people under 18.
- creating a guide for whose children are using social media. The guide includes practical tips about the use of safety and privacy features on apps and platforms, as well as conversation prompts to help families begin talking about online safety. It also contains pointers to further advice and support.
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- They have also produced a video about a new best practice guide for smaller and start-up social media companies, which aims to promote a culture of “safety by design” in the online content industry.
The Council’s work is made possible by the enthusiasm, energy and efforts of its members.
Executive Board members
The UKCCIS Executive Board brings together representatives from across the membership on a quarterly basis and is chaired jointly by Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital, Sarah Newton MP, Minister for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism and Rob Goodwill MP, Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families.
The Executive Board is responsible for identifying priority areas of work, and sets the strategic direction for UKCCIS. Read the Executive Board’s.
Including the three Ministerial Chairs, Board membership consists of:
- Sam Sharps, Government Affairs, UK & Ireland, Apple
- Rose Durban, The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS)
- Alice Webb, Director, BBC Children’s and BBC North
- David Austin, Chief Executive, British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)
- Julian Ashworth, Chief Strategy Officer, BT
- Kate Sinnott, Head of Partnerships, and Keith Niven, Head of Safeguarding,(Joint) Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) Command
- Will Gardner, CEO, Childnet International
- John Carr, Secretary, Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety (CHIS)
- Tessy Ojo, CEO, The Diana Award
- Simon Milner, Policy Director, UK, Middle East and Africa, Facebook
- Katie O’Donovan, Public Policy and Government Relations Manager, Google
- Garreth Cameron, Group Manager - Business & Industry, Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) - on call
- Annie Mullins, Independent
- Carolyn Bunting, General Manager, Internet Matters
- Susie Hargreaves, CEO, Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)
- Sonia Livingstone, Professor, London School Economics (LSE)
- Hamish MacLeod, Director, MobileUK
- Simon Bailey, lead for Child Protection & Abuse, National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC)
- Eillis McDaniel, Northern Ireland Executive
- Alan Wardle, Head of Corporate Affairs, NSPCC
- Tony Close, Director Content Standards, Licensing and Enforcement, Ofcom
- Simon Miller, Head of Public Affairs, O2/Telefonica
- Vicki Shotbolt, CEO, ParentZone
- TBC, Scottish Government
- Adam Kinsley, Director of Policy, Sky
- Iain Wood, Public Affairs Manager, TalkTalk
- Dr Richard Graham, Consultant Psychiatrist, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
- Nick Pickles, Senior UK Public Policy Manager, Twitter
- Jo Twist, CEO, UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE)
- Daniel Butler, Head of Public Affairs, Virgin Media
- Helen Lamprell, Director of Corporate & External Affairs, Vodafone
- Ruth Meadows, Welsh Assembly
Organisations wishing to become an Associate member of the council, please contact the Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be considered at the subsequent Executive Board meeting. Membership of the Executive Board is reviewed every two years.
The Executive Board has created the following five working groups to consider topical issues:
Social Media chaired by Tony Close, Ofcom -
Education chaired by Marie Smith, CEOP -
Evidence chaired by Professor Julia Davidson, Middlesex University -
Technical chaired by Fred Langford, IWF -
Digital Resilience chaired by Vicki Shotbolt, Parentzone and Dr Richard Graham, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust -