I believe online safety is a serious issue affecting children and parents in Gower, which is why I believe they need to be at the forefront of making sure children and young people are kept safe online.
This week I joined with schools, charities, and businesses across the UK to pledge my support for making the internet a safer place for children and young people.
February 7 was Safer Internet Day, a globally recognised celebration promoting the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
The event, coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC), is celebrated more than a hundred countries and this year’s theme is “Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online.”
New research by the UKSIC reveals that, children and young people are keen to engage with their parents about their online lives. 57% of children believe they can play a role in educating their parents and carers about life online as research also revealed that many parents (36%) are unsure of where to turn should they need support.
A spokesperson for the UK Safer Internet Centre said: “It is vital that we reach as many children and their parents and carers as possible.
“Safer Internet Day engages children and young people across the UK to encourage them to have a conversation about their online safety. The UK Safer Internet Centre provides lots of information and advice to parents, carers, schools and children about online safety, and we would encourage anyone to check out the support we provide.
“But we also need policymakers to act now to put children at the heart of the new Online Safety Bill, by empowering them, giving them a voice and progressing with this vital legislation as soon as is practicably possible. We were delighted to be in Parliament today with our young digital leaders to discuss their hopes and aspirations for the Online Safety Bill.”
I urge constituents who are concerned about online safety to visit https://saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2022