Articles by David Wright
SWGfL Response to Online Harms White Paper
Drawing on its experience, evidence and operations over the last 20 years, SWGfL drafted and submitted this response to the Government Online Harms White Paper
2nd July 2019
Should young people be left to their own devices at school?
Should young people be allowed to bring their own devices into school? Some schools ban; some schools allow; and some have a hybrid policy, but what is the correct answer? David Wright, SWGfL Online Safety Manager and UKSIC Director looks at the case for and against BYOD.
23rd May 2019
Persuasive Design and how it keeps us glued to our devices
It's no great secret that mobile devices are designed to keep us connected. We take a look at the design elements that make them so persuasive and offer some steps you can take to take back control.
21st August 2018
Social Media and the Age of Digital Consent
We've all been bombarded recently by emails seeking our ‘consent’. But what does it mean for young people and will it affect how they use social media?
5th June 2018
UK Government publishes response to Internet Safety Strategy Greenpaper consultation
Yesterday (Sunday 20th May) the UK Government published its response to the results of the Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper which looks at how we can ensure Britain is the safest place in the world to be online.
21st May 2018
Primary schools close the gap in online safety education - latest 360 report finds
Our annual 'State of the Nation' report into UK schools’ online safety policy and practice finds that while secondary schools perform better than primary schools, the difference isn’t as clear as it once was.
23rd January 2018
David Wright reviews the proposed changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education
DfE published a consultation on December 14th 2017 - here our Director David Wright offers his views on the proposed changes to ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ for schools and colleges in England.
19th December 2017
SWGfL response to Government's Internet Safety Strategy
SWGfL Director, David Wright, responds to the Government's Internet Safety Strategy green paper, we reflect on the document and look at where it may need some development.
27th November 2017
Online Safety Live kicks off
Online Safety Live is the UK’s largest online safety professional development programme for the children’s workforce and this week we set off again for another year.
20th September 2017
Apps: who rates them and how?
Most people are familiar with age ratings for films. That’s not surprising. In the UK they have been with us for years. But what about apps and games?
14th March 2017
Report shows growing trend in Child Sexual Abuse Imagery
Yesterday’s news about the man who impersonated Justin Bieber being charged with more than 900 child sex related offences reinforces how critical it is that we continue to work to keep young people safe online
10th March 2017
Concerns about Facebook reporting
Amid criticisms of Facebook's handling of reports about sexualised images of children, we offer advice about reporting illegal online content
7th March 2017
Over 1 in 3 schools aren’t compliant with basic data protection obligations
Over recent years, the annual assessment report has disclosed a lack of knowledge amongst teachers and this definitely remains the case over the last 12 months with almost half of schools (49%) have no staff training to date around online safety.
26th January 2017
Accredited Online Prevent Duty Training for £1
Victvs regularly work with volunteers who are now affected by the Prevent Duty and other statutory safeguarding measures. This offer enables you to do online training for just £1!
5th June 2016
Revised Statutory Safeguarding Guidance for schools in England
Following the consultation launched in December 2015, the Department for Education has today, published its response and revised statutory guidance: 'Keeping Children Safe in Education'
26th May 2016
David Wright explores the dangers to children’s wellbeing posed by political extremists on social media and outlines the steps schools can take to protect students from indoctrination online...
22nd June 2015