E-safety: Internet and Young People

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TASK 7. Assessment criteria 7.1 & 7.2
E-Safety is an area of growing importance and you need to be informed of the issues involved in children and young people using technology. An explanation of the risks and possible consequences for children and young people of being online and using a mobile phone. Technology is rapidly growing and offers a vast amount of benefits for children and young people. This ever growing development however also poses risks for children and young people and they need to know how to protect themselves. The various risks of mobile phones and being online can be; exposure to inappropriate content, cyber bullying, grooming for paedophiles, disclosure of personal information, piracy or illegal downloads and viruses or hacking. •Exposure to inappropriate content- This could include images that are pornographic or even images of children in a sexual nature. If children or young people view such contents it is important that they are encouraged to talk to someone they trust about this and that they are made aware of the ways in which they can be protected from such content. Parental controls help to minimise any inappropriate content being displayed but it is still not 100% safe and any content that shows harmful images of children should be reported to the internet watch foundation that monitor all contents on the internet. •Cyber bullying- This can be done using social network sites and texts and can be done anonymously and in front of a large audience. It is important to make children and young people aware of the different forms of cyber bullying and to encourage them to save any evidence of bullying received. It is also important to help children and young people understand that even if it is done on-line or via text it is still bullying and is unacceptable. •Grooming/paedophiles- Used by people with a sexual interest in children to attempt to engage them in sexual acts either over the internet or in person. The adult attempts to...
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