For children, the benefits of technology are far reaching
We cannot ignore the risks
- Almost daily the media exposes us to the harms children can sadly experience online from cyberbullying to radicalisation, from online reputation to online grooming
- The pace at which new connected technology has developed has resulted in children using the internet in ways that have been designed for adults and exposes them to an increasing number of risks
- There are a large number of organisations involved when children use ‘the internet’ which means that no one group of organisations is responsible for the online safety of children
- Whilst technology solutions can help minimise the risks, the education of children is critical in preventing risks from turning into harm
- The Government aspires to make the UK the safest place to be online and through their Internet Safety Strategy wants to see industry working together towards minimising the risks children face online
Working together to reduce the risks
A collective responsibility
- Parents accept it is their responsibility (96%) to keep their children safe but lack the knowledge to do so; more than 7 in 10 want more information
- Schools have a duty of care to teach children about their online safety but this can be a challenge to deliver this effectively
- Government have a responsibility to develop a policy framework which allows innovation to flourish whilst keeping everyone safe online. The size, scope and scale of the challenge means the only way this can be achieved is through partnership working.
- Industry have a significant role to play; they need to develop products with children's interests at their heart whilst recognising the need to educate parents and children where appropriate.
Set Up Safe: Simple step by step guides to set up the right parental controls and privacy settings
For a comprehensive and easy to navigate hub for parents to help them protect their children from the things they shouldn’t see or experience online: www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls
National Online Safety have created a free guide about Yubo (formerly Yellow), the social media application which has been commonly labelled as ‘Tinder for Teens’. This guide informs parents about the dangers associated with the platform and how they can reduce the associated risks, including, but not limited to; Bullying, Low Self Esteem, ‘Going Live’ and Location Features.
Please click here for the guide