Published: Thu, February 08, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Facebook rolls out new parental resources for Safer Internet Day

Facebook rolls out new parental resources for Safer Internet Day

A third of kids think they should be at least aged 15 before they go online without any restrictions, while a quarter of youngsters (24%) surveyed believe that parental controls and restrictions should only be taken away once they are over the age of 17.

The survey of 1,500 children was carried out between September and November by CyberSafeIreland, a charity that educates children and parents about web safety.

Today (Tuesday 6th February), millions across the United Kingdom and globally will be celebrating Safer Internet Day. See advice at www.saferinternet.org.uk.

Some parents, guardians and teachers can find digital literacy a struggle even for themselves as individuals; therefore, talking to children and teenagers about their online lives seems like a mammoth task.

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"All children in this age group who are online are potentially vulnerable, but those who are online without parental engagement are particularly vulnerable", said CyberSafeIreland CEO Alex Cooney.

"Our main priority at JI Initiative is to ensure digital citizens especially children and young people are responsible in their use of the space".

"Equifax has created a handy ebook on how young people and adults can stay safe online and once again is an official supporter of Safer Internet Day". "Meet the Malware tackles the issues in a way that will engage children, and will support teachers to explain the potential dangers of being online".

The children in the video are from schools across the United Kingdom including Ysgol Gymraeg Melin Gruffydd, Cardiff; Cardiff High school; Westbury on Trym CoE Academy, Bristol; Bristol Free school; Ballyclare High school, Antrim and Clermiston Primary school, Edinburgh. "We are really proud of this project and look forward to working more with Childnet and Safer Internet Day to raise the profile of this important topic in schools across the United Kingdom".

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Separately, students from eight secondary schools around Ireland will attend Facebook's worldwide headquarters in Dublin today to receive awards for their winning entries to the TackleBullying.ie poster competition.

Run by the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre at DCU and Facebook, the TackleBullying.ie competition was aimed at raising awareness of the anti-bullying website developed by the centre.

Commenting on Facebook's work as part of Safer Internet Day, Akua Gyekye, Public Policy Manager Facebook, Africa said: "Every day, millions of people across Africa come to Facebook to talk about their special moments and to stay connected with the people they care about".

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Among the several recommendations for action, the study highlights the need to provide an increasing amount of quality online content in the Sinhala and Tamil languages.

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