Parents and carers

E-safety

What is E-safety?

Terms such as 'e-safety', 'online', 'communication technologies' and 'digital technologies', when used on this site, refer to all fixed and mobile technologies that children may encounter, now and in the future, which allow them access to content and communications that could raise e-safety issues or pose risks to their wellbeing and safety.

Children and young people are skilled in using computers, mobile phones and gaming machines such as Wii or PlayStation Portable (PSP). New Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is offering a new world full of opportunity and potential, with children able to express themselves, play and learn in fantastic new ways.

This 'cyber world' offers knowledge, personal growth, extensive friendships and fun. But there are also new, exclusive dangers and challenges, particularly for children and young people. There are many concerns, such as:

  • bullying;
  • addiction;
  • health risks;
  • gambling and debt;
  • child sexual abuse;
  • desensitising children to violence and intimacy.

Everyone who is responsible for children's welfare needs to understand the strengths and the dangers of cyber world.

 

Where can I find out further information?

Much work has been done by agencies such as Childnet and the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre (CEOP) to provide resources to address potential dangers on the Internet.