Monday 24 July 2017

Katherine Donnelly: Online safety needs same approach as teaching youngsters rules of the road

Even for the most tech-savvy parent, the replacement of the home PC with hand-held devices makes controlling and monitoring children’s online activity very difficult. Stock Image
Even for the most tech-savvy parent, the replacement of the home PC with hand-held devices makes controlling and monitoring children’s online activity very difficult. Stock Image
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

No more than teaching children the risks that surround, and rules about, crossing the road, in the digital age, modelling a code of internet safety is just as important.

Use of the internet is an everyday activity and even the smallest of children know they can get a response from touching the screen of a mobile phone with their tiny finger.

Two pieces of research highlighted on these pages today tell us two important things: that the risks to children from online engagement are present and growing, and that parents need to do more to familiarise themselves with the online world and how their children engage with it.

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