9th February 2010 was Safer Internet Day (http://www.saferinternet.org/web/guest/safer-internet-day) and hopefully you spotted some very good messaging about the Zip it, Block it, Flag it campaign in particular (http://www.ukita.co.uk/News/safer-internet-day.html).
I blogged last year about Safer Internet Day (http://www.saferinternet.org/web/guest/safer-internet-day) 2009, which was on 10th February. Where has the time gone! I awoke to tales of the Zip it, Block it, Flag it campaign on the BBC Breakfast News on 9th February 2010 - which was great timing as I had given a presentation to parents (the programme is referenced in this article - http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2010/02/09/240236/Safer-Internet-Day-How-children-can-undermine-corporate.htm) just last week and referenced the campaign for them.
It was interesting to hear directly from parents as to what their key concerns were. Namely, social networking sites and the fear of not knowing who you are talking to. But also now the interoperability of the equipment in their homes - the Blu Ray players, the X box, the Wii that downloads from the iPlayer etc - these all contain personal data and in some cases credit card details for paying for downloads. In which case, if they have to go off site, those credit card details could be compromised. These are concerns raised by the parents, not me scaremongering. All very astute and interesting issues.
So it was good to see Safer Internet Day getting some reference on 9th February however veiled the linkage at the time. It was also good to hear Jim Gamble from CEOP (www.ceop.gov.uk) rightly bemoaning the fact that they have a free "report abuse" button facility (http://www.ceop.gov.uk/reportabuse/index.asp) available to download and have available on all websites and that not enough organisations are taking them up on this because it is something that parents would welcome the opportunity to have access to, particularly when they are left feeling powerless as to know what to do in the event of a concern with a website. Much has improved and changed in the last year and there are many good resources available. The ISAF and others, which includes BCS, are doing our best to ensure that appropriate messaging is being made available to people where and when they need it. One of our ongoing endeavours is to get messaging packaged up with new equipment sales so that there are information security related leaflets with the key contacts, hints and tips available from the outset of your interaction with a new gadget.
Slowly, slowly, catchy monkey, the wider spread of the right kind of informatino that empowers people to feel that they can operate safely and securely online is getting out there. This can only be a good thing for enabling Digital Britain and reassuring society as a whole.