Professor Andy Phippen

Professor Andy Phippen

Professor of Social Responsibility in IT

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)


1996-2001 PhD, "Component Technologies and their Impact upon Software Development"
1999-2000 Postgraduate Certificate of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE)
1992-1996 B.Sc. (Hons) Computing and Informatics (1st Class)

Professional membership

FBCS (Fellow of the British Computer Society), CITP, CEng
Member of BCS Board

Roles on external bodies

Advisory Council - Open Rights Group
Research partner with the UK Safer Internet Centre
Chair - Headstart Kernow Digital 

Teaching interests

Teaching interests around digital behaviour, cybercrime and legislation

Current teaching:

CCJS3166: Internet Crime and Deviancy

STO308: Current Issues in IT

STO310: Business dissertation

Guest lecturing on topics such as online behaviours, children and technology, digital rights and legislation and IT ethics on programmes such as Education, Social Work, Computer Science, Early Childhood Studies, Law, and Sociology 

Research interests

Children and technology

Digital behaviours in the workplace

IT legislation related to social issues

Digital rights

Other research


Research groups

  • Centre for Security, Communications and Network Research (CSCAN)
  • i-DAT (Institute of Digital Art & Technology)


“Child Protection and Safeguarding Technologies – Appropriate or Excessive ‘Solutions’ to Social Problems?”. Phippen, A. Brennan, M. Routledge. To be published Autumn 2018

“Sexting & Revenge Pornography – Legislative and Social Dimensions of a Modern Digital Phenomenon”. Phippen, A., Agate, J., Ledward, J, Brennan, M. Routledge. To be published Autumn 2018.


“Invisibly blighted: children and technology in the information society.”. Leaton-Gray, S, Phippen, A. UCL Press. 2017.

“The Impact of Fibre Connectivity on SMEs: Benefits and Business Opportunities”. Phippen, A., Lacohee, H. Palgrace. 2017. 

“Children’s Online Behaviour and Safety: Policy and Rights Challenges” Phippen, A. Palgrave.  2016. 

“Managing Digital Risk”, Phippen, A, Ashby, S. Bookboon. September 2015. 

“Trust and Engagement in ICT–Mediated Services: Understanding Public Perceptions”, Lacohee H, Cofta P, Phippen A, Furnell S. IEC Publications. 2009

Recent Journal Articles 

“Legislating Children’s Screentime—Surely Not A Solution to Children’s Mental Health Challenges?”. Entertainment Law Review 2018 (5)

“’Youth-Involved Sexual Imagery’—A Better Term to Challenge Blame Culture in Youth Sexting Cases?”. w/ Margaret Brennan. Entertainment Law Review 2018 (3). 

“Protecting Yourself from Revenge Pornography—Share Your Images Before Your Abuser Does!”. w/ Margaret Brennan. Entertainment Law Review 2018 (2). 

“Do Our Law Makers Understand Data Protection and Acceptable Use?”. w/ Margaret Brennan. Computer and Telecommunications Law Review 2018 (2). 

“Online technology and very young children: Stakeholder responsibilities and children’s rights”. International Journal of Birth and Parent Education 5(1). 

“App Based “Solutions” to Keeping Children Safe Online”. w/ Alan Earl. Entertainment Law Review 2017 (8). 

“Oh you’re all children, children do silly things. You’ll be fine. Get over it!”. w/ Christine Kennedy. Entertainment Law Review 2017 (4)

“Doing More” to End Sexting - Facts, fictions and challenges in the policy debate on young people’s sexting behaviour. w/ Maggie Brennan and Jennifer Agate. Entertainment Law Review 2017 (2). 

“Age Verification and Online Pornography – An Effective Safeguarding Approach?” Entertainment Law Review, 2016 (5)

“Young People and Pornography – Legislating Our Way Out of a Social Problem”, Phippen, A. Entertainment Law Review March 2016.

“Gaming and Young People – The Right Concerns?, Phippen, A. and Agate, J. Entertainment Law Review November 2015

“New social media offences under the Criminal Justice and Courts Act and Serious Crime Bill: the cultural context”, Phippen, A. and Agate, J. Entertainment Law Review Feb 2015. 

“Online Privacy – A Matter of Policy”, Furnell, S. and Phippen, A. Computer Fraud and Security,  vol 2012, issue 8. 

"Are Schools Equipped to Address Online Safety in the Curriculum and Beyond?" Phippen, A., Wright D., Ovenden-Hope, T. eLearning Papers. No 28. April 2012. 

"International enterprise education in Sri Lanka: a blended approach". Kasturiratne D., Lean J., Phippen A. International Journal of Education + Training, 54 (4).  2012.

“The Dark Side of Technology: Some Sociotechnical Reflections”, Coakes, E., Bryant, A., Land, F. Phippen, A. International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development vol 3. 2011.

Recent Reports for Government, NGOs, Charities and Organisations

 “Online Peer on Peer Abuse – A national survey of Headteachers and Safeguarding Leeds in England and Scotland”. A Phippen, E Bond, K Tyrell. Report written for the Marie Collins Foundation

 “Young People, Internet Use and Wellbeing – Upset” report written for the South West Grid for Learning Trust. June 2018

“Young People, Internet Use and Wellbeing – Screen Time” report written for the South West Grid for Learning Trust. March 2018

“Young People and Sexting – Attitudes and Behaviours Research Findings from the UK, New Zealand and Australia”. Report co-authored with UK Safer Internet Centre, Office of the Australian eSafety Commissioner and Netsafe New Zealand. November 2017.  

“Online Safety Policy and Practice in Wales 2016-2017”. Report for the Welsh Government. November 2017. 

“Online Safety Policy and Practice in UK Schools 2016-2017”. Report for UK Safer Internet Centre/UK Council for Child Internet Safety, November 2017. 

Review of Online Safety Practice and Policy in Southampton Schools. Reported prepared for Southampton LSCB, April 2017. 

Online Safety Policy and Practice in UK Schools 2015-2016. Report for UK Safer Internet Centre/UK Council for Child Internet Safety, October 2016. 

Bond, E & Phippen, A (2014) The Children’s workforce across England is ill informed to meet the needs of child victims of online abuse. Marie Collins Foundation, Plymouth University and University Campus of Suffolk.

“Parents, Schools and the Digital Divide”. Phippen, A. Report for AVG Technologies, March 2013.

Reports & invited lectures

Recent Evidence of Esteem and Impact

“Rights and Responsibilities in theDigital World”. Webinar for the British Computer Society. June 2018.

“Revenge Pornography – Issues and Legislation”– Keynote. Virtual Violence Conference, Ipswich, May 2018

“Nudes, Dick Pics, and Jeremy Hunt” – SWSexual Health Conference, Taunton, April 2018

“Online Safety or Online Resilience?”.Keynote for Birmingham University Institute of Mental Health seminar on onlinewellbeing. April 2018.

“Peer on Peer Abuse and Implications forLegislation.” Keynote Address, NOTA Ireland, Dublin. June 2017.

 “Online Safety in the Curriculum”.Keynote. Methodist Independent Schools Trust. London June 2017.

 “Why Online Safety Isn’t Working”. RoyalCollege of Paediatrics, Nottingham University. October 2017.

“Online Safety Isn’t Working. PrincipalEducational Psychologists Conference. New Forest. May 2017

 “Online Child Abuse”, Cornwall LSCBConference, Wadebridge, April 2017

“Safe Children? Moving the Conversationon in Online Safety’. Keynote. Blurring Boundaries Conference, SuffolkUniversity, February 2018.

“Online Safety or Online Resilience?”.Keynote. NSPCC Online Safety Conference. Leicester February 2018.

“Peer on Peer Abuse and LegislativeChallenges”. Interpol Crimes Against Children Conference. Lyon November 2017.

 "Youth Produced Images – Stop CriminalisingChildren”. National Crime Agency Peer on Peer Abuse Conference, October 2017.

“Managing Millennials’ Digital Behaviourin the Workplace”. Society for Compliance and Ethics. March 2016.

“Online Grooming and Peer Issues”.Farrer & Co, March 2016

“Peer Abuse and Safety Policy”. CornwallCouncil. March 2016.

“Online Safety or Digital Wellbeing?”.Headstart Cornwall Conference February 2016.

“Child Sexual Exploitation – Issues ofPeer Abuse”. NSPCC. September 2015

“Sexting – Behaviours, Legislation andProtection”. Farrer & Co, Arpil 2015.

Additional information

Media experience with press, radio and television

Recent media coverage in BBC Radio 4, BBC3, Sky News, ITV Westcountry, Spotlight, BBC Radio Devon, The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Mail, The Sun, The Mirror, Western Morning News, Plymouth Evening Herald,