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Digital literacy and online safety legislation

15th Nov 2017

For young people today, digital engagement is generally a given. Gone are times when only a minority of households would be digitally included and able to own and operate in the digital world.

However, digital literacy can still fail in so many if they are not given the correct and appropriate training and support to enable them to learn and engage safely in the digital world. Technology opens wide the gates into so much of the unknown and so can leave young people vulnerable and exposed to increased levels of risk.

How can we safeguard against these risks and reduce the vulnerability of our young people?

Education is key; young people need to be educated on both the benefits and the pitfalls of online engagement but alongside them, teachers and other professionals who work with young people, also need to be educated on what dangers young people can and will be exposed to.

All those involved in a school or other learning environment need to be aware of how digital literacy blends in with the rest of the young peoples’ learning. It is important to appoint someone to be responsible for overseeing digital literacy within your environment and ensure that everyone involved knows how to report any concerns or issues to that appointed lead.

Ensure you have the appropriate policies and procedures in place – protect your organisation, your staff and most of all, the young people in your care.

Read Promethean’s article for a more in-depth article on digital literacy and online safety legislation.

Digital literacy and online safety legislation


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