A Trusted Source of Support
Keeping children and young people safe has never been more important. In a world where dangers exist both on and offline, keeping children safe is no longer simply about minimising physical threats and avoiding strangers. Thanks to the Internet and everyday technologies, potential dangers are now present in our classrooms, homes, playgrounds and communities. Educating children about these dangers is everyone’s responsibility, and must start from an early age, particularly when young children have access to the Internet and mobile phones, often without supervision.
Developing Children’s Understanding of Dangers
Building children’s awareness of on and offline dangers needn’t be a complicated or difficult task. Age-appropriate information, carefully delivered with regular reminders, can slowly build children’s understanding, followed by exploring issues in more detail, such as bullying, stranger danger, substance misuse and exploitation as young people become more aware of the potential dangers and pressures placed upon them.
Support and Guidance for Young People
Many children and young people will turn to the Internet as a source of information and support before asking friends, family, teachers or another trusted adult for help. Some online content can be inaccurate and even dangerous, and so it is important to signpost young people to trusted, comprehensive and reliable guidance that will seek to support the well-being of youth. Simply ChildSafe provides straightforward information for both primary school and secondary school aged children, exploring a range of issues that affect young people and providing further guidance and useful phone numbers for support.