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Education

WizeNoze agrees curated search pilot project with London Grid For Learning

WizeNoze, a startup company aiming to curate age-appropriate safe and understandable content for school children, is to launch a white-label search solution in partnership with The London Grid for Learning (LGfL).
The project is amongst the first of its kind to offer a new method for safeguarded internet search. LGfL’s education-technology community will give their schools access to a curated content collection of trusted websites which give a large bank of suitable and reliable informational content. The search results will be matched to the Key Stages of the children in order to maximise understanding, giving children and teenagers access to trusted, safe and readable information.
The project is a response to concerns about the availability of inappropriate content to school children – A new study from researchers at the University of Oxford casts serious doubt on the effectiveness of internet filtering, suggesting that, while parents are reassured by adding filtering to their domestic gadgets, both the suppliers and consumers of inappropriate content can easily find ways around it. This can lead to children accessing content which can frighten and shock them, but even those seeking information for homework projects can often find sites of dubious educational value.
“Giving children access to safe, relevant and suitable content is a need expressed by many schools. Currently we are piloting a solution, developed by the startup WizeNoze, that is exactly doing this. Instead of filtering out all inappropriate content, we give them access to reliable information, matching the individual reading level of a child” said John Jackson, CEO of the LGfL.
“By using a curated content collection with millions of pages to search information, children will not be disturbed or distracted by ‘noise’ of commercial websites, or worse, by disturbing content”, says Diane Janknegt, Founder and CEO of WizeNoze. “Using our content collection can save children lots of time searching through irrelevant or manipulated search results, which are of more value to advertisers than to the child. And ab

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Staying safe online: Google's best tips and tricks

Do you ever think about staying safe online? Not to be a wet blanket, but for all the awesome stuff the internet offers, it can also be home to an equal amount of scary stuff. From hackers stealing credit card numbers to faux Nigerian princes to plain old creepers, the ability to hide behind a screen means you should be extra cautious while you’re browsing, searching, and buying. So what does ‘being cautious’ actually mean, beyond using some common sense and not believing that the guy emailing you is actually a random Nigerian prince who wants to give you a few million dollars for no reason?
Well, if you want to stay safe on the internet, go right to the source – Google. They’ve created this handy infographic below that outlines what exactly ‘common sense’ entails when it comes to internet safety. So whether you’re new to the idea of having to protect yourself online (I’m referring to you, Mom), or if you’re teaching your kids or students about internet safety, this is a pretty great list to use.
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Staying Safe Online

  • Look for the “S” in your web address. Https>http, in security terms
  • Don’t share your passwords
  • Don’t reply to suspicious messages
  • Lock your screens
  • Flag inappropriate content when you see it
  • Keep your software up to date
  • Don’t reuse your passwords
  • If it seems too good to be true, it probably is
  • Secure your router
  • Use 2 step verification for account sign in whenever it is offered
  • Secure your wi-fi network
  • Log out of public or shared computers
  • Leave a virtual key under the mat just in case
  • Stop and look before downloading
  • Back up your online data
  • Think before you share
  • Learn how to decipher suspicious texts and emails
  • Do your most sensitive online tasks from your own personal devices, not public ones
  • Don’t send sensitive info via email
  • Report scams, spam, and phishing
  • Run antivirus software
  • Pick strong passwords
  • Know and use your social media privacy settings
  • Don’t upload things intended just for friends and family for all the public to see, use the ‘private’ setting
  • Don’t ignore online warnings
  • Use a secure browser
  • Only install software from trusted sources
  • Get to know your email settings
  • Learn how to remotely wipe your device

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