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Online Safety for children

Below is some information for you to look at regarding safety online for children.   It's a real worry for parents and a lot to get our heads round,  but these links do offer some invaluable information.   If you're worried about your child's use of technology / gaming / social media then please do arrange to speak to the Wellbeing team (WBT).

Social network regulation

There has been a lot of controversy in the news recently about the effects of social media networks on children in terms of their wellbeing and safety.   The NSPCC have been looking into some possible forms of regulation.

The NSPCC has published a report looking at how to regulate social networks and keep children safe from abuse.   The report sets out the NSPCC's proposals for a new regulatory approach,  including:  

strong and independent statutory regulation; 

platforms subject to a legally enforceable duty of care;

platforms required to proactively tackle harms;

a regulator to have wide-ranging powers of information disclosure and compliance and enforcement powers.

Alongside this report, the NSPCC also released results from a survey of British adults,  including 1,037 parents of children aged 11-18, which found that 9 out of 10 parents support the regulation of social networks to make them legally responsible for protecting children.

Source: NSPCC: 9 out of 10 parents back social network regulation                                                               Date: 12 February 2019

Further Information: Taming the wild west web: how to regulate social networks and keep children safe from abuse (PDF) 

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