Introduction to Online Safety

Today’s children and young people are growing up in a digital world. As they grow older, it is crucial that they learn to balance the bene ts offered by technology with a critical awareness of their own and other’s online behaviour, and develop effective strategies for staying safe and making a positive contribution online.


 The 3 main areas of concern are:

  • Content: being exposed to inappropriate or harmful material; for example pornography, fake news, racist or radical extremist views.
  • Contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users, for example commercial advertising as well as adults posing as children or young adults
  • Conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm; for example, sending and receiving explicit images, or online bullying