The House of Lords recently published its ‘Growing up with the internet’ report, which advises schools to teach online responsibilities, acceptable behaviour and potential risks as part of compulsory PSHE education.
The report highlights concerns that the internet is not a child-friendly environment, and argues the case for companies to ensure their websites are created in such a way that makes it easy for a child to navigate, with a view to protecting youngsters from harmful or inappropriate content. They suggest websites should be designed ‘preventatively’, rather than ‘reactively’, in an attempt at reducing the risk of exposure.
As well as this, the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications wants all children to be given appropriate teaching to navigate the internet. According to the report, online safety is the ‘fourth pillar’ of education for the younger generation, alongside reading, writing and mathematics.