We are pleased to announce that we have an exciting lineup of speakers confirmed to join us for Online Safety Day, taking place on Wednesday 13th December. Online Safety Day brings together some of the leading professionals in the digital landscape to discuss many of the most pressing topics currently facing the education sector. This year, we are delighted to partner with TikTok in bringing together an afternoon of informed discussion to an audience of professionals working with children and young people as well as leading policy makers.
Online Safety Day Speakers
This year, we are delighted to welcome:
David Wright CEO of SWGfL
David is CEO at SWGfL and Director for the UK Safer Internet Centre; a national awareness centre and part of the European Insafe network. David has worked extensively in online safety for over 20 years with children, schools and wider agencies. He advises a number of Governments, organisations and industry partners on online safety strategy and policy and has been appointed as an expert child online protection adviser to the UN ITU.
Dr. Nikki Soo - Harmful content and digital wellbeing expert at TikTok
Dr Nikki Soo is a harmful content and digital well-being subject matter expert within TikTok’s EU Public Policy Team. She leads and engages in a wide range of industry safety issues, including mis/disinformation, hateful behaviour and digital well-being. Prior to joining TikTok, Nikki worked in academia across the last 10 years, specialising in the impact of digital technology on society, media and culture.
Rich Collard – NSPCC Child Safety Online Lead
Rich Collard is the NSPCC’s Policy and public affairs leader with experience working on complex legislation and regulation. Rich leads the NSPCC’s Child Safety Online team and oversaw its influencing of the Online Safety Act as it made its way through Parliament. His background is in enabling innovation in heavily regulated sectors. He led the negotiation of a new regulatory regime for Smart DCC and laid the groundwork for establishing a £200m innovation fund in the water sector.
Karl Hopwood – Member of UK Council for Internet Safety
Karl Hopwood is an independent online safety expert. He is a member of UKCIS (UK Council for Internet Safety) and sits on the UKCIS evidence group, education working group and the early warning group as well as on the advisory board for the UK Safer Internet Centre. He also sits on the Roblox trust and safety board where he represents the Insafe network. He was recently part of an expert steering group with TikTok looking at harmful and dangerous online challenges.
Dr. Amy Orben - Programme Leader Track Scientist at Cambridge University
Dr Amy Orben is a Programme Leader Track Scientist at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit and Fellow of St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge. She completed her DPhil at the University of Oxford and MA at the University of Cambridge and now directs an internationally renowned research programme investigating the links between mental health and digital technology use in adolescence. Dr Orben’s work is supported by key national and international funders, charities and foundations, and she advises governments, health officials and public servants around the world.
Margaret Mulholland - Inclusion Policy Specialist for the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)
Margaret Mulholland is the Inclusion Policy Specialist for the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and has worked as a teacher and leader across mainstream and special settings. Margaret is an Honorary Norham Fellow at the Department of Education, University of Oxford and is a columnist for TES.
Laurie Matthews – History Teacher and TikTok Creator
Laurie Matthews (@LaurieAlyceAdventures) is a history teacher from Devon and a TikTok creator with over 186k followers and 9.5 million likes. Laurie has gained a significant following from posting her roadtrip history lessons on the platform.
Book Your Tickets
Online Safety Day will take place from 15:00-18:00, Wednesday 13th December 2023, at TikTok's London office. It will be an opportunity to get the latest updates and hear from expert voices. If you'd like to join us online to follow the discussion, we'll be streaming it in full from TikTok HQ.