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Digital Families 2017: the highlights

We can't wait for our Digital Families 2018 conference in October. If you're thinking about attending, and didn't catch it last year, here are the highlights from Digital Families 2017...

Last year's conference was held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. It celebrated Parent Info — Parent Zone and CEOP's free newsfeed service for schools with expert advice to help keep children and young people safer in a digital age. 

The day kicked off with a welcome speech from Parent Zone CEO, Vicki Shotbolt and CEOP, Head of Education, Marie Smith. 

Sonia Livingstone from the London School of Economics said that the risk of harm is making young people more cautious online and figures show low percentages of actual incidents of harm taking place. You can find out the latest from Sonia who will be on our panel at Digital Families 2018. 

Dr Liam Hackett from Ditch the Label spoke about the challenges of tackling cyberbullying. You can also catch him at this year's conference.

This was a little thank you to our guests for attending... Don't miss out on this year's free resources and expert information to take away at the end of the day!

Here's Parent Zone's Sophie leading one of our breakout sessions. Last year we launched our report, Parenting in the Digital Age. How are we doing?  revealing what young people really think about how their parents are doing. You can read the full report here.

At Digital Families 2018, there will be early and mid-afternoon breakout sessions: 'Are we worrying about the right things?' and 'Futureproofing ourselves and our children'. 

Here's the agenda for Digital Families 2018.

One of our exhibitors, iNet Guardian. This year's exhibition spaces will feature companies and organisations that offer free resources for schools, including Unilever and Google.

Our panel discussed 'Online harm: what risks does the digital era present to us?': Ditch the Label's Liam Hackett; Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic; Professor Sonia Livingstone from the LSE,  and Dr Zoe Hilton, head of safeguarding at CEOP.

It was great to meet our Twitter competition winner, Fay! 

Steven, the winner of a bottle of Prosecco donated by exhibitors, NCB

‘Every child has the right to access the digital world with knowledge' 

Baroness Beeban Kidron inspired the crowd with a passionate closing speech: ‘Every child has the right to access the digital world with knowledge,' she stated as she urged all attendees to do their utmost to contact their local MPs and raise any issues they may have about young people’s online safety.  Beeban called this ‘our shared responsibility’.