WEBINAR: The State of Play - Keeping Children Safe Online

24 Feb 11.10am - 12pm GMT

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With our children using the internet more than ever due to the pandemic, it is absolutely vital that we inform and educate our young people and those in their support networks, to ensure they can be kept safe while online.

By instilling good cyber security practises at an early age, we can form positive behaviours that will safeguard our children through their teenage years and into adulthood. This webinar will start with our guests talking through some dangers currently faced by children when interacting on line and consider who can help to protect children and how. The discussion will look at how design can help or obstruct the online security of children and finish by looking at the future for on-line security in the UK and beyond.

This webinar will resonate with:

  • Those working in education with children and young people who have influence over practice and content planning,

  • Business Development and Cybersecurity professionals with an interest in on-line security for children,

  • Those with an interest or work in policy in this area,

  • Those involved with the design of digital products or apps for young people.


What to expect:

  • Discussion and interaction between our guest speakers - this webinar is live!

  • A rounded and informed conversation with perspectives from both industry and academia

  • A link to a recording of the webinar after it's taken place (following registration)

  • The opportunity to ask our guest speakers a question, even if you can't make the live event (following registration)


Guest Speakers

Dr Ian Ferguson (Host)
Senior Lecturer of Cybersecurity at Abertay University

John Carr OBE
Internet Safety and Security Consultant

Professor Karen Renaud
Senior Lecturer in Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde

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Dr Ian Ferguson (Host)

Dr Ian Ferguson is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Forensics at Abertay University. His research interests lie in developing more effective methodologies, techniques and tools to aid the investigation of cybercrime particularly in distributed, mobile and IoT systems. Since arriving at the University of Abertay Dundee in 2010 his work has concentrated on digital forensics. He is currently supervising 4 PhDs looking at IoT security and forensic analysis of IoT systems.

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John Carr OBE

  • Secretary, UK Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety
  • Senior Technical Adviser, ECPAT International (global NGO based in Thailand)
  • Member of the Advisory Panel on Children’s Viewing of the British Board of Film Classification
  • Visiting Senior Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Member of the Academic Network established by the Chief Constable of Norfolk, the national ACPO lead on child abuse investigations. Member of the Europol Platform for Experts
  • Former member of the Strategic Reference Group established by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in relation to their national inspection of how the police service manages internet-enabled child sexual exploitation cases
  • A Founding Director of the Internet Watch Foundation
    A former member of the Advisory Board of INHOPE, the global association of internet hotlines
  • An Adviser to the Council of Europe on matters connected with the Lanzarote Convention
  • A former Vice President of MySpace, former member of Microsoft’s Policy Advisory Board for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, former adviser to The Walt Disney Company, the American Motion Picture Association, and a former member of the Advisory Council of the Family Online Safety Institute in Washington DC, USA. I am a member of the Advisory Council of Beyond Borders, Canada
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Professor Karen Renaud

Karen Renaud is a Scottish Computing Scientist working on all aspects of Human-Centred Security and Privacy. She was educated at the Universities of Pretoria, South Africa and Glasgow. She is particularly interested in deploying behavioural science techniques to improve security behaviours, and in encouraging end-user privacy-preserving behaviours.

Her research approach is multi-disciplinary, essentially learning from other, more established, fields and harnessing methods and techniques from other disciplines to understand and influence cyber security behaviours. 

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