Andy Roberts, Director of Marketing at leading online tech retailer Ebuyer, says, “With technology continuing to advance at great speed, it’s important to keep up-to-date with the latest safety features. The truth is that millions of adults have proved vulnerable to online-attacks, so we shouldn’t expect children to fare any better.”
In research carried out by Global Kids Online, over 15,000 children were surveyed and results revealed that younger children and those with less-advanced digital skills are disproportionately exposed to online risks of harm.
It also showed that children who are encouraged and supported to use the internet positively and safely have better outcomes while restrictive strategies, such as banning children from using the internet do not have the same positive effect.
The survey asked: The last time you saw anything which upset you, did you talk to any of these people about it? 55% of children told a friend, 40% told a parent, but only 5% told a teacher.
Russell Hobby, General Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said: “The internet is a powerful tool but also poses obvious risks for children and young people. We think schools would welcome greater clarity on how to deploy appropriate filters and monitoring systems.”
*Attached are the latest Ebuyer guidelines for safety online. Please use the guidelines however you wish. If you reproduce any part of them online, it would be great if you could add a link to the brand-new Ebuyer knowledge hub – which will include educational tech guides and lots of other articles you’ll find interesting. https://www.ebuyer.com/blog/
Established in 1999, Ebuyer is a specialist online retailer of electronics and technology. It is based in Howden, East Yorkshire, and stocks over 40,000 products on its website (ebuyer.com). Ebuyer fulfils over 20,000 customer orders per week.