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Barnardo's welcomes new education framework to help keep children safe online

Release Date: 06 Feb 2018

The government has today announced a new education framework for online safety to equip children and young people for digital life.

Developed by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS), it describes the knowledge and skills that children and young people need at different stages of their lives.

The document will act as a tool for school leaders, teachers and other members of the children’s workforce to respond to the need for children to learn to balance the benefits of technology with a critical awareness of their own and other’s online behaviour.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan said:

Barnardo’s welcomes this framework for educators to help children and young people of all ages stay safe and have a positive experience online.

The fast-moving digital world puts increasing pressures on children which can affect their self-image and make them vulnerable to potential bullying and grooming online.

We know through our specialist services how children and young people can be groomed and sexually exploited in the digital world.

This UKCISS framework should be used by the tech industry to incorporate age appropriate safeguards into their apps and platforms to help prevent abuse happening.

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