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Key ways to address online safety

The internet is one of the greatest advances in modern history and one which has the potential to benefit everyone. Young people are fortunate to be growing up in a digital world where the potential for learning and creativity seems endless.

Education has been transformed thanks to the amount of knowledge now easily available at our fingertips. Content has never been more accessible to us, with the ability to stream content through mobile devices and access data via a vast array of interactive applications. Outside of the classroom, the internet connects every corner of the globe and spreads information in such a way that the world seems to be an ever shrinking place, especially for young people who have always known technology to be this advanced. It’s simplified the way we live and work – there’s almost nothing that can’t be bought or sold from the comfort of our living rooms, we can communicate instantly with loved ones around the world and the potential for entertainment is boundless.

However, for all the advantages and benefits that the internet brings, we have to be mindful of the risks it poses and to demonstrate constant vigilance to remain safe. We need to educate each generation to know what threats to be aware of, how to identify them and how to respond to them.

From September 2020 Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education will be compulsory subjects for secondary schools in England and guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) has a common theme running through it – we must educate our young people to stay safe online.

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