Parents who have little understand of online safety could be putting their children at risk by missing out vital information on the dangers of the web.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) have suggested that not enough parents have the vital information they need to keep their children safe online. With many of them not understanding the basic risks of applications such as Snapchat and Facebook Messenger which could put children in contact with adults. The survey, which was collected from 600 UK schoolchildren, asked them basic questions about online safety. More than 80% said that online privacy settings could be something that their parents could discuss with them in an ‘online safety chat.’ A further 54% don’t remove location settings from their posts or tweets which could encourage sex offenders to track children. 300 children from a school in Basford have taken part in a share aware workshop which indicates the risk of posting photos and personal infomation on social media. The event was run by the local NSPCC. We spoke to James Hutson from the NSPCC about what they’re doing to inform parents on how to talk to their children about the dangers of the internet.
The NSPCC is set to celebrate 125 years of helping children in Nottingham by hosting the Coffee Morning Challenge, to raise funding for their work and to help continue important tools such as Net Aware, which is a paltform for parents to communicate about the dangers of online.