The Internet is now a vital element of the lives of young people. The benefits of the Internet are huge but it poses great dangers too. Against the backdrop of Safer Internet Day, Claire Lilley, the NSPCC’s safer technology chief has said, “Young people tell us they are experiencing all sorts of new forms of abuse on a scale never before seen…It’s now clear that we are facing an e-safety timebomb with this being one of the biggest child protection issues of our time.”The NSPCC’s charity helpline ChildLine took some 3,745 calls about abuse via the Internet and mobile phones last year with most callers between 12 and 15. ChildLine also reports a 70% increase in calls about online pornography, some from children as young as 11 years old.It’s important to stress that while Internet filtering can play a valuable role in protecting children from undesirable content, trying to simply block undesirable content isn’t enough. Children need to learn about the Internet’s dangers and how to use it safely. Schools have a responsibility to ensure pupils use ICT and the Internet safely as part of their duty of care. With new technologies used from age 5, this must begin as soon as children start school.Redstor’s E-Safety service (powered by Securus) ensures that inappropriate content (whether text or images) is detected as soon as it appears on the screen whether online or offline and whether sent or received by the user.Importantly, detected undesirable content is recorded instantly meaning that it’s impossible for a child to hide their activity whether they’re at risk or a bully.E-Safety is one of several Cloud services offered by Redstor to the education market. Other services include secure offsite backup, remote device management and secure cloud storage.
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Cyber-criminals are increasingly viewing education institutions as easy prey. No surprise then that the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) recently warned of a spike in the targeting of schools, universities and colleges.