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Child online safety highlighted in UK report and green paper

A review by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) evidence group, made up of researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Middlesex University and the University of Central Lancashire, has highlighted the major risks, opportunities and emerging trends for children online. The review informs the UK government’s consultation on an internet safety strategy, launched on 11 October by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). Among the top level findings, the review highlights that one in ten children to one in five young teens say they encountered something worrying or nasty online in the past year; few children say they send photos to online contacts or reveal personal information, but a substantial minority use services “under age”; while many UK children have learned to be cautious online, there is little evidence that their digital skills are increasing with time; and cyberbullying estimates range between 6-25%+ depending on measures, and the reasons for victimisation are diverse. Read more and read the DCMS green paper here – the consultation covers the introduction of a social media code of practice, transparency reporting and a social media levy; technological solutions to online harms; developing children’s digital literacy; and support for parents and carers; among others.

  • Tuesday, 17 October 2017

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