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TrustElevate launches Child Safety programme

Online child safety is a massive concern for parents. It will be even more so over the coming months as families adjust to parents spending more time working from home and children continuing to engage in distance learning to some extent. Under these circumstances, supervision of the time spent online by children is simply not possible for parents and the protective barriers that parental oversight can offer are weakened.

Dr Rachel O’Connell is a leading expert on online child safety. Her PhD examined paedophile activity online and the implications for investigative strategies. Rachel set up the first UK Internet safety centre in 2000; she was Chief Security office for Bebo a social networking platform 2006-2010. Rachel is the founder of TrustElevate, author of a technical standard published by the British Standards Institution that describes how to verify the age band a person belongs in a privacy-preserving, secure manner. Over the coming days and weeks, Rachel is delivering a series of internet safety talks online, for parents and guardians, to help families to navigate the internet safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

If you would like your school to participate in our programme make sure you register below.

TrustElevate will also be publishing advice, webinars and podcasts to support schools and parents during Covid-19.

5 Steps to create a Safer internet

Step 1:

Create a Child's Rights Impact Assessment (CRIA) tool in partnership with engineers, child's rights, legal, privacy and security experts, moving child safety online beyond policy into practical implementation in a standardised way.

Step 2:

Generate and disseminate training materials and good practices guidelines for safeguarding professionals so that they are able to address online safety-related issues specifically for children and young people.

Step 3:

Build and research tools to better equip parents to protect their children online. Research the scope to leverage technology and education designed to promote and support digital parenting. Safeguarding good practices offline and online

Step 4:

Scope the feasibility to leverage technology to enable the verification of children online to address wilful ignorance of users’ ages by platforms and digital service providers, and to enable compliance with GDPR article 8. Test and iterate that technology, at all times keeping the best interests of the child in mind, in accordance with UNCRC. Digital parenting: age verification and parental consent Trust, education, equitable social contract

Step 5:

Develop a programme of child-centric research to explore digital childhood - risks, opportunities, social norms, to inform each of the  proposed steps in mitigating the erosion of children’s rights, safety and wellbeing. Improving children's wellbeing and safety online