“We need to listen to, empower and support young people to understand and manage risks and make the digital world safer. However, we must acknowledge that we cannot make the internet completely safe. Because of this, we must also build children’s resilience to the material to which they may be exposed, help build their confidence and skills to manage situations…..and empower them to support each other”
Dr Tanya Byron: The Virtual Violence Report for the Beatbullying charity
Children and young people growing up in the digital world use the internet as an everyday social utility, to communicate and to organise their lives. Technology and the internet also offer enormous opportunities to transform the lives and learning of children and young people for the better; to discover, connect and create. However, while children and young people should be empowered to use the internet responsibly, adults have a responsibility to ensure that children and young people are aware of the risks, and that they are in the best possible position to keep themselves safe online. It is very important that adults try to keep up with internet-enabled technology and the ways in which children and young people inhabit the online world, even if it is different to the ways in which adults use the same technology.
The best way to protect children online is through education and conversation with them. Knowing that they can come to you or another trusted adult is the best way to keep them safe.
For general e-safety information and advice :
All applications have a support, help and safety area eg. www.facebook.com/safety to help with privacy settings, to block and report unwanted contacts.
Share Aware, from NSPCC and O2, gives parents all the tools they need to have regular and informed conversations with their child about staying safe online. Under 20% of parents discuss online safety regularly with their children but we want to get every family talking about their child’s life online, just as they would their day at school.
Visit the Share Aware webpages for more