What do these changes mean for children and young people online
The changing functionality of these platforms means that the online risk to children and young people has evolved. These changes have come at a time when young people have been spending even more time online in the midst of pandemic restrictions.
As platforms evolve, so do the risks to children and young people online
Our network has told us that these changes can feel daunting and new risks can leave them feeling overwhelmed and concerned about the children and young people in their care. To support you as you navigate these changes, we have compiled practical advice, resources and updates to assist the vital role you play in protecting children and young people online.
Think twice before you take advice
There’s now an unprecedented demand for safeguarding information, advice and guidance from parents, carers and safeguarding professionals. But this appetite has facilitated an increase in the spread of unverified online safety information without fact checking.
It remains vital that those responsible for safeguarding children have access to correct information so they do not miss vital opportunities to protect the children and young people in their care from online harms. Make sure you get your information from a reputable source.
Talk regularly about online safety with the children in your care
It’s important to recognise the value of regularly talking to children about being safer online. We know that parents, carers and safeguarding professionals already know how to talk to children about online risks. But they’re often concerned that they might not have the right information, or know enough about the issues to address these risks.
Our team of online safety experts test popular platforms and assess the risk to children and young people. We then use this information to make sure you are aware of these risks, and provide access to practical tips to inform your conversations with those you care about.
You can access our Online Safety Centre, which provides safety cards for popular platforms and walkthroughs of safety and privacy settings.