As it's Safer Internet Day, perhaps it's apposite to ask this question: can the social media companies be trusted? During the time I responded to the English government’s Green paper on internet safety, which puts all its faith in a voluntary code and voluntary contributions to a central fund, I read the following articles:
· Plus a couple of articles by Tanya Byron, pointing out that a voluntary code has failed in the UK for the past decade, but which are accessible only by subscription to The Times. However, this one makes the same points: NSPCC calls for mandatory social media code of practice.
There’s a common myth that the social media companies are too powerful to be brought into line. But when it comes to business practice, they have been, as evidenced by the implementation of new EU rules on VAT, cookies and data protection. Germany has done something about it:
So what’s the problem?
It seems to me that there are two sides to this. Yes, we need to teach kids (and adults) how to be safe online, but I also think the social media companies could do rather more to help.
This is a slightly amended version of an article originally published in my newsletter, Digital Education. Subscribe for free here: Newsletter.
Are social media companies doing enough to keep children safe?
A few useful articles that you may not have come across before. They cover:
- project-based learning
- teen depression and cyberbullying and
- how to reduce the possibility of having your training stolen.
A harrowing, but very readable, account of how public shaming affects the victims.
It's Safer Internet Day on 7th February this year. Here are some reading and some resources to do with e-safety. I hope you find them useful.
The technology may have changed, but children don't.
Here are three useful pins from Pinterest on the subject of e-safety for kids.