The Internet and children - what's the problem? Internet Safety

The Internet has become an integral part of our and our children's lives. A world has opened up which offers many positive opportunities. According to Ofcom, (2013) the majority of parents agree with the statement: "I trust my child to use the Internet safely" (83%). However, only 43% of 8-11 year olds are very confident in knowing how to stay safe online. It is therefore important that parents and carers are aware of the way in which their children use the Internet; talk to them about the risk of going online and assist them to use the Internet safely and responsibly. This is what research tells us:

Children start using computers from a very early age and are increasingly using the Internet more and more whether at home, in school, on their mobile phones or on a games console. With this in mind, Internet safety and knowing how to help protect children and young people online is essential.

Just as we want to keep our child safe in the 'real' offline world, we will want to do the same in the virtual online world. It is important that we understand enough about the Internet to keep our children safe from harm but it is equally important that we equip our children with the skills they need to keep themselves safe so they can experience the Internet positively and responsibly.

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Karen is a mother of two and attended a Stop it Now! Internet Safety Seminar. Here she talks about why she thinks it is important for parents to learn about the internet and how their children are using it.

Internet safety positives and negatives

Find out more about the benefits and risks of the internet for children and young people by following this link.----NEEDS LINK