Education Secretary urges parents to keep children safe online


As thousands of children up and down the country get to grips with the latest gadgets and technology this Christmas, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is urging parents to check they know how to help keep their children safe online.

Last year more than 50% of young people were given gadgets and technology for Christmas. But parents are often in the dark about how and where they can apply parental controls to these - leaving their children unsafe and exposed to the potential dangers the online community can hold.

As a result, Nicky Morgan is urging parents to use new whole home parental controls - introduced by the government - as well as online resources such as ParentPort and Internet Matters to help keep their children safe online.

The government has also announced extra £500,000 funding for the Safer Internet Centre, to ensure schools and teachers are also equipped to teach our young people about how to be safe online. It has also added internet safety to the curriculum to ensure every child is aware of both the benefits and dangers posed by the internet.

Nicky Morgan, said: “From my conversations with parents I know how worried parents are about keeping their children safe online.

“This isn’t just about what they may be exposed to but ensuring that parents’ pockets are also not hit by the unauthorised purchasing of apps and games - something very easily done.

“But this isn’t just a problem for parents, schools have a role to play too, which is why we have put online safety at the heart of the curriculum and I am delighted to announce extra funding to ensure children are given the information and tools they need to protect themselves online.”

In December, the Prime Minister announced a package of measures to eradicate online child abuse during a global summit on child protection. This included a new joint NCA/GCHQ (National Crime Agency/Government Communications Headquarters) specialist unit to tackle the worst cases of child sexual exploitation online and provide ground-breaking technical solutions - which will be pursued by major tech companies such as Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Yahoo - to close the net around paedophiles using the internet.

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