CYP 33 7.1 & 7.2
With all today’s continuing technology we have a responsibility to help and look after children and young people. E-safety is a safeguarding issue and we must have an understanding of it. Children and young people are open to many risks while being online or using their mobile phones, they may be lured into giving personal information; name, age, address and telephone numbers which could be used for identity theft or fraud. This also opens the possibilities for the abuse of children and young people to occur. Dr Tanya Byron outlined in her 2008 report ‘Safer children in a digital world’ that everyone has a role to play in empowering children and young people to stay safe while enjoying new technologies, just as it is everyone’s responsibility to keep children safe in a non digital world. The key points in the report were;
• The safety of children should be a vital concern for parents and for society. • The risks to children and young people of potentially harmful and inappropriate material. • Efforts should be decisive in minimizing the availability of harmful and inappropriate material in popular parts of the internet. • Parents play a major role in overseeing children’s access to material on the internet. • Providing children and parents with appropriate guidelines, clear standards, and somewhere to go when things go wrong. • Video games must now be clearly labelled with age ratings, which are represented by a logo on the back of the game that represents each age group. • Computers that are sold for home use should be kite marked with parental control measures. At my setting all children and parents are required to sign an e-safety agreement which shows that they are aware of the rules and accept them. However this does not protect them at home. So children should also be made aware of the risks and consequences There are a lot of different internet sites that can be dangerous for children and young people. All computers should have...
References: – BBC News website Internet Safety for children targeted by Jonathan Fildes, The Telegraph Online- Ashleigh Hall search, Dr Tanya Byron review 2008 google search, Children and young people’s workforce - Penny Tassoni, pages 130-132, cache nurturing achievement – Carolyn Meggit, page 138-140
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