I strongly recommend that teachers and parents read Children’s online activities, risks and safety, a review from the UK Council for Child Internet Safety. The findings back up the outcomes from our own national survey of 19,000 children.
Some of the findings from the report that caught our attention:
- Parents prefer to receive information about their children’s online safety from schools despite information being available from multiple sources.
- A small minority of children (mostly from poorer homes) remain without internet access, but for most internet use is occupying ever more time.
- Internet use takes place in a wide variety of locations.
- Many UK children have learned to be cautious online, there is little evidence that their digital skills are increasing over time.
- Few children say they send photos to online contacts or reveal personal information.
- A substantial minority uses services ‘under age’.
- Top risks identified were cyberbullying, sexting/sexual harassment, pornography, sexual solicitation and radicalisation.
- The riskiest sites identified by the NSPCC were Chatroutette, Sickipedia, Omegle, ASK.fm, Tinder and MeowChat.
- Children said they were most likely to see sexual, violent and other harmful content on ASK.fm (self harm and bullying), Call of Duty (violence), DeviantArt and Omegle (sexual).
- One in ten children to one in five young teens say they encountered something worrying or nasty online in the past year.
- Children’s top worries are pornography and violence. They encounter these most often on video-sharing sites, followed by other websites, then social networking sites and games.
- Top parent concerns include online violence.
- Children are also concerned about levels of advertising online, spending too much time online, inappropriate contacts, rumours and nastiness.
- It is not possible to determine whether the internet has increased the overall amount of risk children face as they grow up, but the nature of the internet itself amplifies the consequences.
- There are some indications of a rise in hate and self-harm content.
Source: “Children’s online activities, risks and safety. A literature review by the UKCCIS Evidence Group” .