04 January 2021 | G Denison
Parents and carers across North Yorkshire are being urged to consider the risks of the online world in the excitement of receiving new games and gadgets this Christmas.
The online world is an exciting resource which gives children and young people the opportunities to safely play, learn, be creative and socialise.
The amount of time families have spent online for work, school, socialising and just for fun has increased significantly during 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdowns and as we start 2021 with remote learning for students, it is important parents and carers know how to protect their children. We may feel our children are safe at home playing on their PC, tablet, phone or game consoles, but we may be unaware of the hidden harm they are suffering online.
The ‘always online, instant access’ lifestyle many children and young people have today can make it difficult for us to know how to ensure their safety. Many of us worry we won’t understand modern technology as it is too technical or we may be unaware of the potential risks that our children face. Video game systems, social media and other platforms bring risks such as cyberbullying, scams, privacy problems and seeing age inappropriate content.
As a parent or carer you play a key role in helping your child to stay safe online. That’s why we are encouraging you to access tips, advice, guides and resources for ensuring your children can enjoy any new games and gadgets safely and responsibly.
The partnership – led by North Yorkshire’s three safeguarding bodies; North Yorkshire County Council, North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire’s Clinical Commissioning Groups and holding all other bodies that work with children and young people to account on safeguarding – has a website which includes accessible, useful information for parents or carers.
For more information, advice and links on how to keep your children safe online please visit the parent and carers webpages by clicking here.