Child Online Safety
NYSCP urges parents to consider the risks of the online world in giving out gadgets this Christmas.
08:40 18 December 2020
North Yorkshire's Safeguarding Children Partnership (NYSCP) is urging parents and carers to consider the risk of the online world before giving out technology gifts this holiday season.
A number of studies have shown that the amount of time families spent online for work, school, socialising and just for fun has increased immensely largely due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Experts found that increased usage can increase the risk for young children who are not familiar with the danger of the internet.
Dr Maggie Atkinson, Chair of the NYSCP Executive and Independent Scrutineer, said: “The world is so very different from the one in which parents and carers grew up. 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. That’s why I endorse the County Council’s efforts to help and guide families to keep children and young people safe online – at Christmas, and all year through.”
Stuart Carlton, Corporate Director for the Children and Young People’s Service said: “Games consoles and smart devices can provide hours of family entertainment, but many people think they are free from harm. However, 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 loved ones can enjoy any new games and gadgets safely and responsibly.”