Below is a message from Childnet International highlighting why it is important for you to support your children online.
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Thank you for taking the time to read through this letter. Childnet’s mission statement is:
“To make the internet a great and safe place for children”
Promoting the positive
- Devices and apps
- Amazing facts and resources
- Online gaming
- Social networking
- Streaming video and audio
- Creating and sharing your own content
Responding to the negative
- Adult content
- Hate speech
- Sharing of personal information
- Unwanted contact and grooming
- Copyright infringement
Did you know that over a third of young people who go online report having experienced one of the above risks, with 20% of young people having seen hate messages online and 22% having been bullied (online or offline) in the last year?
You can do something to help your children use new technologies safely.
During the presentation we will take you through how young people are communicating, learning and creating in new and exciting ways using online and mobile technologies. We will open up the world of social networking spaces (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat etc) and give you an insight into why young people use these spaces. We will highlight potential online risks including cyberbullying and unwanted contact. Parents will view “Let’s Fight It Together”, a film produced with the Department for Education looking at the consequences of young people misusing technologies and will be given resources to take home in order to further explore the issues and help available online.
The ‘Supporting Young People Online’ seminar will cover some simple practical steps you can take to help manage the risks as well as advice you can give your child. However, really helping your child will mean getting involved in their online activity, learning from your children about a whole new language and way of communicating and then playing your part in being a role model - in supporting them and guiding them in their use.
We look forward to seeing you!