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Barnardo's backs Internet Matters report about vulnerable children online

Release Date: 12 Feb 2019

Barnardo's is backing a report issued today which shows how vulnerable children are more likely to be at risk from online dangers than their peers.

Internet Matters research into the online world of the UK’s most vulnerable children has revealed it is possible to predict online risks that different groups of vulnerable children may face online, such as pressure to be sexting, cyberbullying, cyber scams, or seeing content promoting self-harm, anorexia and suicide.

In response, Barnardo's Chief Executive Javed Khan said:

The internet has transformed how young people learn, socialise and communicate – but sadly it also brings new dangers – including online grooming, cyber-bullying, gaming addiction and self-harm forums.

And alarmingly, as the research by Internet Matters shows, vulnerable children are more likely to be at risk from online dangers than their peers.

The report explains just why we need to incorporate online risks into assessments and support, and how vulnerable children need guidance when accessing the internet. This is about responding to children’s lived experiences in the digital age.

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