Children’s charity NSPCC has teamed up with telecommunications company O2 to help parents support their children online.
The aim of the initiative is to help parents and guardians learn about the ways in which their children use the internet, and the potential dangers posed.
It hopes to give them the knowledge and confidence needed to talk to their children about what they’re doing online, and with whom.
According to a survey carried out by YouGov, thousands of children are at risk of missing out on important online advice and support. The survey of over 2,000 parents of children aged eight to 13 indicates a “digital delay”, as parents might be deferring conversations with their children about being safe online.
Together, NSPCC and O2 will attempt to combat this by:
- Launching an online safety helpine for parents to call for technical advice
- Bringing online safety workshops for parents and carers into schools and workplaces
- Training staff so all O2 stores can help adults with their online safety concerns
Peter Wanless,NSPCC chief executive, said: “Sadly we know that children up and down the country are struggling because of difficult experiences online.
“Thousands of young people contact us about issues such as online grooming, cyber bullying and after viewing sites which encourage eating disorders, self-harm and suicide. We need to ensure they are equipped with the necessary skills to protect themselves.
“This is a 21st century problem that will not go away and we need a real focus on teaching young people about staying safe on the internet, which is why we are joining forces with O2.”
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