14th Nov 2017
Naturally young people are curious beings and want to explore the world around them – which now includes the vast expanse of the digital world. Whilst exploring and finding their way in the world we need to teach our young people to do so safely.
Never more important is the lesson of online safety; which in itself can be a huge topic and almost incomprehensible to us as adults, never mind to children and young people who still have so much to absorb and to learn as they work their way through life.
The responsibility therefore lies with us, the adults around these children and young people, to ensure that they understand the consequences of their actions – both online and in the physical world around them. Understanding the online legacy we all leave through digital footprints can be a complex issue, but one which is vital to educate young people about. They need to understand all the consequences – positive and negative – of their online interactions.
Technology and digital platforms are exciting; full of opportunity for learning and development, full of knowledge and information which children and young people want to soak up and use. Yet these are also places where danger lies; danger not easily recognisable and which can be overshadowed by the fun and excitement borne about by using the amazing technology that this current time provides.
How do we impress on our children and young people the importance of online safety? How do we enable them to visualise online dangers in the same way that they can picture real dangers in their physical world? We need to take responsibility for those conversations, ensure that as adults we lead the way in demonstrating online safety so that the children and young people around us learn by example, learn from our own exemplary behaviour that they need to follow in our footsteps in order to become digital citizens who put safety at the heart of all that they do.
Here is a link to another article from our ‘Anti-bullying week Partners’ Promethean Ltd
Managing young digital footprints: online safety in education
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