Children and young people are likely to be as good as, if not better than, their parents at using the Internet. However, being good at using technology does not mean they have the life-experience and wisdom to handle all of the situations they can come across.
Young people are prone to the same kinds of risks (including spam and scam emails, fraud and identity theft) as everybody else. However, there are also other, more sinister threats that may result from going online, such as inappropriate contact from people who may wish to abuse, exploit or bully them, and exposure to inappropriate material.
A survey tracking young people's media behaviour in the UK identified young people are spending more time playing and socialising online than watching television programmes. Find out more here
The Lucy Faithful Foundation have produced a booklet that aims to support parent’s in dealing with issues of e-safety (in particular dealing with incidents of sexting/imagery and viewing inappropriate material online). Download What's the problem? by clicking here
Safer Internet Day
As part of the e-safety curriculum students take part in Safer Internet Day each year.
The theme for Safer Internet Day 2019 was “Together for a better internet”.
Tips and advice for parents and carers are outlined here
Download an information pdf here which outlines e-safety issues that parents and carers would wish to be aware of.
There have been concerns raised in the media about Pokémon Go.
Please read this open letter from the NSPCC to Nintendo UK which raises fundamental safety concerns for young people. Find out more here
Navigate to Pokémon Go: a parent's guide by clicking here
The NSPCC have also produced tips and advice for keeping young people safe on Minecraft. Find out more here
Click the following links for more information:
- Child Friendly adventures with the SMART Crew
- BBC E-Safety link, with clips from ‘Horrible Histories’
- Kidsmart website, great activities, guidance and advice for children and adults
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
- Department for Education – Principles of E-Safety
- Good gaming advice