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Growing Up In a Changing World

15/02/16

Tim, our CPD Product Manager, reminds us of life before the internet and how vital it is we keep our children safe online.

After reading a report about a recent survey by Childwise it made me think about how the image of childhood has changed over the past 30-50 years. My parents’ generation were left to their own devices when not at school, playing games in the street with the neighbours’ children, going down to the river or canal, building dens etc.

I was part of the generation who lived through the growth of children’s television. Grange Hill, Byker Grove, and American cartoon imports like Hey Arnold, Arthur and Doug all graced our television boxes, plasmas and then flat screens. I learnt about the internet in ICT classes and until I was a few years into Secondary school my use of the home PC generally was to use WordArt and create booklets in Publisher.

In the present day the Childwise survey shows that Children aged between 7 and 16 years old are spending approximately 3 hours a day online – either on social media or playing games – with the majority of their “watching of television” online (on demand) too. This has obviously coincided with the growth in accessibility to easy to use technology – tablets and smart phones – which are intuitive to use at an early age. Children’s ownership of tablets has also increased by 50% in the past year.

With this in mind it is necessary to keep children safe as they come into contact with a wide range of material which might not be suitable for their age group. They might also socialise online with both people they know but also with people they only “met online.” (How many of your twitter followers or facebook friends are genuinely known to you or classed as friends?)

Protocol Education provide access to an Online Safety & Child Exploitation course written by Jonathan Taylor, a leading expert in e-safety and protecting children online, and a former Internet Investigator for the Metropolitan Police with over 10 years experience. The training aims to bring you up-to-date on how children and young people use technology and the associated risks. It also provides the essential information to help protect children and young people from sexual exploitation.

The course delivers three hours of CPD and is a Level 2 (as graded against nationally accepted levels for training programmes) and is offered to our candidates for a discounted rate of £20. For more information and to request details please visit: http://www.protocol-education.com/training/online-safety
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