This event took place on Wednesday 22 January 2020.

In an age of increased digital exposure, there are an abundance of perceived dangers for our children to navigate, with many parents and caregivers monitoring, filtering or tracking their children in the name of safety. 

Are children sexting, or sharing nude images? What do they watch, who do they talk to, and where do they go?

News stories often present technology as the source of both the dangers and the solutions to the concerns of child online safety. But where is the line drawn between keeping children safe, and invading their privacy? Filtering what they see and censorship? 

Join Professor of Social Responsibility in IT, Andy Phippen, as he confronts digital fears in this provocative look at the internet landscape, and the roles and responsibility of the adults who care for or support children and teenagers. 

He draws from 15 years of research, including grass-roots working with young people, to deliver this insightful lecture on children’s use of digital technology, digital rights, educational approaches to the challenges they face, and the legislation that surrounds the challenging topic. 

Andy has served as a member of the Parliamentary IT Committee, and as a long-term research partner in the UK Safer Internet Centre, with an established reputation as an expert on ethical and social responsibility, and the impact of technology on the social world. He is a frequent media commentator on children and the internet, and a keen advocate for educating adults on the best ways to support children in the online world.

The public lecture will conclude with a Q&A session.

Content warning: This lecture may include graphic references, including those of a sexual, abusive, or otherwise upsetting nature.

Who is this event for?
This event is open to all, and will be of particular interest to those who work with children and young people in teaching, social care, local authorities, police, council, and charities. It may also be relevant to students or researchers in criminology, law, and sociology.

Professor Andy Phippen examines the issues around young people's use of technology

"Safety arises from knowledge of risk, and resilience in dealing with such. If we are going to develop young people who are “digitally resilient”, we need to move away from “solutions” that focus on prohibition and an erosion of children’s rights."

Andy Phippen