Saturday 17 November 2018

BBC to launch new website to help children stay safe online

Henry Vaughan

The BBC is launching a new website aimed at helping children to stay safe online.

The broadcaster says the "Own It" site, aimed at nine to 12-year-olds, is part of a £34m investment into children's content and services over the next three years.

Announcing the website at the Children's Global Media Summit in Manchester on Tuesday, director general Tony Hall will say: "Our goal is to create a one-stop shop, where children can find everything they need to navigate their lives online with confidence and positivity."

The site aims to cover issues such as online privacy and avoiding malware, and will include links to charities and organisations such as Childline, Lord Hall will say in a speech.

"It's aimed at nine-12s - that's an age group we know are particularly affected by the day-to-day pressures and dilemmas of life online. And it offers them guidance on what they say they want help with," he will tell summit guests.

"It's called 'Own it' because it's there to help them take control and be the boss of their online lives.

"We're delivering it in partnership with a whole range of organisations in the field of child internet safety.

"And it's all supported by an 'engine room' of expert advisers - doctors and academics who are specialists in this field."

The BBC says the website, available from Wednesday, will be followed by other projects, including apps and games, for children of all ages.

Director of BBC Children's Alice Webb said: "The internet is full of exciting opportunities for young people, but it also throws up complex emotional and practical challenges that they are not always equipped to deal with.

"Parents trust us to help children through these challenges and we're working with exciting talent, as well as a hugely important network of partners, to help children feel empowered, informed and confident online."

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