An innovative new partnership has been announced to keep children safe from online securities.
Manchester based, Social Enterprise Engage Media Solutions has announced a new partnership with the Registered Digital Institute (RDI) for the ‘Friendly Wi-Fi’ scheme. This new partnership aims to see Child Internet Safety (CIS) combining with Friendly Wi-Fi to raise awareness of the potential online securities faced by children and young people, through the joint promotion of their online safety initiatives.
CIS and RDI are going to promote directly to ‘Friendly Wi-Fi’ accredited businesses and supporters. Shopping centres, schools, coffee shops and restaurants signed up to the world’s first public Wi-Fi accreditation scheme, may now choose to display the Child Internet Safety logo next to the ‘Friendly Wi-Fi’ logo at venues across the UK. Parents, children and carers visiting ‘Friendly Wi-Fi’ venues may then choose to log on to the new online portal and equip themselves with Internet safety knowledge and tips.
RDI Director, Mike Davies said, “We are really pleased to have joined forces with Child Internet Safety and between us have chosen to make this bold step forward in order to resolve the continued safeguarding of children online. The decision was made to work with their online safety team after we were impressed by their passion and drive to enhance children and young people’s knowledge of the digital world. We are both independent, impartial organisations designed to make a positive difference to Internet safety for children and families around the world.”
The ‘Friendly Wi-Fi’ scheme was designed at the request of the Prime Minister to keep children and young people safe online when they use public Wi-Fi. The accreditation scheme was set up to check that UK businesses, which offer their customers Wi-Fi, have the right filters in place to increase children’s online security. John Carr, UK Government Advisor of Online Child Safety and Board Member UKCCIS and David Miles, Director EMEA, for Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) are both joining the CIS and the RDI, to provide dignitaries with details on how the partnership is assisting in keeping children safe online.
Director of Engage Media Solutions, Aisha Tilstone has commented saying, “As a mother of two tech-savvy and web curious children, I have a question mark over a lot of public places that we visit [who] provide unrestricted access to the Internet. It gives me more confidence to think that I might be having a coffee whilst my children are playing an online phonics game and the correct security is in place.” She added; “Every venue that provides the public with Wi-Fi access has a responsibility to protect their customers from some content. I also direct people to the free and impartial www.childinternetsafety.co.uk, the online safety resource is a value added service that demonstrates an establishment’s commitment to protecting people’s online security.”
Engage Media Solutions, was established in 2010 by Aisha Tilstone and was made a member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) in 2013. The UKCCIS brings together over 180 organisations and individuals from government, industry, law enforcement, academia and charities, including groups representing parents and children. Their aim is to work in partnership to keep children and young people safe online. Engage Media Solutions reinvest its profits into producing informative consumer and government events, as well as developing interactive content, a magazine, and providing support to anyone who either cares for, educates or assists children to develop their connected lives.
The children charity the NSPCC have also said that, “Children and young people spend a lot of time online, it is a great way for them to socialise, explore and have fun. That’s why it’s important for them to know how to stay safe online. When online, children and young people are able to learn new things, get help with homework, express themselves creatively and connect with friends and family.”
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