Making online life safer for pupils

How should teachers’ work in the classroom act alongside legislation to ensure children can enjoy a safer internet? Anna Feuchtwang discusses

The battle to make the internet a safer place for children and young people has two crucial fronts – and we’re gaining ground on both of them.

First, there’s the classroom. The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) recently gave evidence to an inquiry by the Science and Technology Select Committee on the impact of social media and screen-time on young people’s health. Among all the organisations attending the evidence session there was unanimous agreement that online safety must be taught in schools.

We are counting down to September 2019 when relationships and sex education (RSE) becomes statutory, with a stronger focus on equipping children and young people to build healthy relationships online and negotiate the risks that involves.

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