An Introduction to Online Safety- 21st Century Children

The South West Grid for Learning (SWGFL) are national leaders in the area of E-Safety and we are proud to be associated with them. They have a variety of resources available to support schools and carers in the area of E-Safety.

We have embedded videos produced specifically for parents here to help you, as parents, understand some of the challenges faced by children.

21st Century Children

How is the 21st Century Child different from how we grew up?

  • What should we be aware of?
  • How can we help them protect themselves.
  • Do you sometimes find technology baffling or confusing?

Many adults use the internet as a source for consuming content. Children, perhaps, use things in different ways.

Technologies and opportunities

Children in the 21st century are almost universally connected both in the home and whilst on the go.
They are using mobile phones more and more for multimedia messaging, downloading content (perhaps not always legally – an area to be aware of). Online gaming is probably the biggest growth area. Social networking is branching out hugely with children of all ages starting to use these platforms, sometimes in breach of the terms and conditions.

Managing Risk

What are the risks?
Remember the 3 C’s: Content, Contact and Conduct.
What are your children being exposed to when playing their games. Can they differentiate between content and adverts?
Who are they in contact with? School friends or unknown people.
How are they behaving in their online life? Children need to appreciate the Scale, Audience and Permanency of their posts and activities particularly as employers are increasingly using the internet to help sift job applications and are known to reject candidates based on their digital footprint.

Positive Action

What can you do to help? Think about your own circumstances?
Have you checked the Privacy and Safety Settings? Are you aware of safety centres for major providers?
Do you know where to get help or where to report problems?