Geraldine Strawbridge

Geraldine Strawbridge is a graduate from the University of Glasgow. As the Editor of Cyber Radio, Geraldine is focused on delivering the latest cyber security news whilst making cyber security more relatable to people in their everyday lives.

Cyber Radio and O2 NSPCC Work Together to Keep Kids Safe Online

Sean Roddy, 02 Guru with Geraldine Strawbridge, Editor of Cyber Radio

The internet has undoubtedly transformed how we access information and communicate with each other on a day to day basis. It’s become an integral part of our lives and for many kids today, they have no concept of what life was like without it.

Our kids are digital natives that are used to surfing the web to do some research for school, checking out the latest apps, playing games or connecting with friends. It’s become an essential part of their everyday life and despite being a fantastic resource for learning, it also comes with dangers that can threaten their online safety.

From cyberbullying to online privacy, grooming, phishing, viruses and social media etiquette, there are many risks that our kids face when navigating their way through this digital landscape.

Children are going online at a much younger age than ever before and with one in three (34%) UK children having experienced cyber-bullying, it’s never been more important to educate kids on the importance of online safety so they can effectively deal with any situations that may arise.

To ensure that parents are equipped with the latest information on how to protect their children online, we’ve teamed up with O2 and the NSPCC.

O2 and the NSPCC have being working in partnership since 2015, to provide parents with advice and support on how they can keep their children safe online.

In their weekly blog on Cyber Radio, the O2 Guru’s and NSPCC will provide parents with practical advice, guidance and tips on how they can protect their children in this digital world.

Sean Roddy O2 Guru, commented on the collaboration with Cyber Radio “This is a huge step in the right direction regarding what we’re trying to do at O2. We’ve been working closely with NSPCC over the last number of years to raise awareness around keeping kids safe online. Together we have been visiting schools and speaking to both kids, their parents as well as their teachers around the dangers of certain sites, apps and how to stay safe at all times.

“At O2 we have been going the extra mile towards safety online the past few years now, we have a huge focus on keeping kids safe and don’t worry because we haven’t forgot everyone else out there who may be vulnerable to some of the dangers that they may be unaware of from online banking, secure Wi-fi networks to spam mail.

“O2 have recently launched their very own app Qustodio which is a fantastic way to help keep your kids safe online by giving parents a closer look at how kids use their devices regarding games, apps, chatrooms and more which will in turn make those conversations easier around what not to do and why.

“This is a proposition I have been working on the past 3 month and I’m delighted it’s finally ready to publish. This is another avenue for us to get our message across of what we do, how we do it and the availability of booking an O2 Guru for anything tech related.

“These are exciting times ahead, if we can help one adult, one kid, one parent then this was worth doing.”