Is enough being done to protect children online?

Wed, 26/03/2014 - 13:14

Experts have called the Government’s Internet reform inadequate in protecting children online and are urging more to be done and Internet firms are being warned they may face heavy fines should they fail to show commitment to safeguarding children.  In the physical world, we are making really positive steps in protecting children from adult content, for example some retailers are blanking the covers of ‘top-shelf’ publications and ‘lad mags’ in order to stop young children being exposed to inappropriate content. So why is this not being implemented successfully online?

Adult sites and even social networking sites have extremely flimsy age verification techniques that often lead to younger children easily bypassing these and accessing the websites. Today, playground bullying often leads online after school hours through computers, mobiles and tablets, this possibility of 24/7 bullying can lead to children feeling they have no real safe place to escape. This is why keeping children safe online is so vital.  The non-physical signs of bullying can be hard to detect and often parents and teachers alike are unaware of the situation as the child is too frightened to confide in them or feel that they are responsible for, or deserve the bullying.

This is where Redstor can help. Our intelligent Safeguarding Service, in partnership with Securus Software, monitors devices and alerts guardians to any inappropriate content that has been searched for, or typed on the device. Redstor Safeguarding encourages children to stay safe online, it meets Ofsted recommendations by allowing pupils to use the latest technologies and ensures any e-safety issues are captured, as well as supporting a school’s legal duty of care. Please download a Safeguarding datasheet or email [email protected] to find out more.

Redstor provide a range of cloud services including safeguarding designed with data protection and security at the forefront. Our range of secure and encrypted cloud services are already protecting the data of over 10,000 organisations across the UK. Redstor’s Online Backup service ensures data is safely backed up offsite in an encrypted format. Our cloud sync and share service, Centrastor, enables organisations to store and share files securely online from any device with an Internet connection and our CentraStage service enables support providers to guarantee that devices they support are regularly audited, patched and safely up-to-date for effective endpoint management. Our Virtual Disaster Recovery service guarantees to have your systems up and running within minutes following a disaster. To find out more about our services and how we can help you comply with data protection laws and prevent data leakage, please contact us either by giving us a ring on 01189 515 200 or emailing [email protected].

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