The internet, mobiles phones, social networking and other interactive services have transformed the way in which we live. Children and young people are amongst the early adopters of the new technologies and move effortlessly between the various interactive services and devices to communicate, interact, create and share content with family and friends. They also often use these technologies as part of the school curriculum.
There is no doubt that the new technologies offer tremendous opportunities for children and young people however as with any environment there are also risks.
Risks associated with the internet, mobiles and social networking sites and other interactive services include:
potential abuse by online predators
exposure to inappropriate content including self-harm
exposure to inappropriate images