The risks and possible consequences for children and young people using the internet, mobile phones and other Technologies
Children and young people have increasing access to the internet via home computers, mobile phones, tablets and gaming consoles. Schools will have qualified I T professionals to ensure that all devices in school have the correct filters in place and that children are monitored while using the internet. Outside of school it is more difficult to monitor what children have access to as they have a greater degree of freedom and not all parents have a high enough grasp of internet safety. There are numerous devices that are available offering internet access and you can’t monitor what their friends parental control settings are. One of the biggest risks at the moment and one that has had a lot of media coverage recently is cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is when a person or a group of people uses the internet, email, online games or any other kind of digital technology to threaten, tease, upset or humiliate someone else  This type of bullying may result in the child feeling isolated, develop low self esteem and even result in self harm. Cyber bulling is difficult to control because it can be done anonymously, it can also entice children into being bullies themselves as it can gather a wide audience and by watching online footage or reading messages they are actively encouraging the cyber bully. Viruses are another common problem of the internet. Children will often value free over safe and even though there may be antivirus messages popping up, there will be a temptation to ignore the alerts if there is an offer of a free game to download. Many young children may not even understand the significance of an antivirus alert. Grooming and Sexting
People who have an unhealthy interest in children will try to find a way to infiltrate their lives by befriending those using social media or internet chat rooms focused around young people’s...
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