How safe is your child online?

Isaac Cain
February 8, 2018

The training has been developed in partnership with online safety experts Internet Matters.

Parents can learn about the latest issues and technologies, get great tips on how to talk about online safety with their children and get the best advice on dealing with issues and taking action.

Within that group, a third are in regular contact with strangers online and half use social media platforms that are not supposed to be used by under-13s.

A survey of parents with kids aged four to 16 found that only 39% of parents set controls across their broadband or mobile network, just 35% of parents set controls on devices their children use at home and only 45% apply privacy settings to their child's social media.

"All children in this age group are potentially vulnerable, but those who are online without parental engagement are particularly vulnerable" said CybersafeIreland chief executive Alex Cooney. Young people want their parents to be sensitive to their feelings and know that things that happen online can have as much of an impact as things that happen in person.

"Children love technology and there are certainly benefits to that but we must educate both children and parents to manage the many risks that children are exposed to online".

Safeguarding children's privacy. We need a much greater commitment by the private sector and government to protect and not misuse children's data and to respect its encryption; the full application of global standards in collecting and using data about children online; and to teach children how to protect themselves from threats to their own privacy.

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Elsewhere, students from eight schools around Ireland will today receive awards for their winning entries into a poster competition aimed at stopping online bullying.

Pupils designed posters for the anti-bullying website around five central themes: combating bullying, promoting bystanders, combating cyberbullying, combating disablist bullying and LGBT bullying.

The study was carried out between September and November a year ago, and surveyed 1,500 children aged between eight and 13.

However, he said he understands that the issue is a cause of concern for parents.

With poverty, gender, geographical location and parental control limiting the opportunities of some children to engage with digital technology, the report also highlighted a difference in terms of career aspiration and employment prospects. In addition there is no real "age limit" on using the internet in general.

David Hayhurst, the Trust's Head of Secondary and Further Education, said: "In this day of age, it is really important to emphasise to our students why they need to be safe online".

It is collaborations such as these which help to ensure Safer Internet Day has the desired positive outcome, especially as it reached 42 per cent of United Kingdom children in 2017 and is growing year on year.

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