Figures have revealed young people are the most vulnerable to mental health problems, with over half of mental health issues starting by the age of 14 and 75% by 18. It is clear therefore that more needs to be done to safeguard and address the welfare of the younger generations, protecting their wellbeing in the future. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that the care for children and young people was a “black spot” and that urgent attention was needed as the pressures of social media, cyberbullying and a big increase in self-harming was a “massive worry for parents”.
Youngsters today are usually one step ahead of the digital game. Often seeing web restrictions and online protection as an irritant, they try to find a way to bypass it. To combat the digital deviants in an effort to safeguard them, schools need to ensure that teachers have the skills and tools to protect children fully, digitally enabling them without risking their safety.
The safety and welfare of our children needs to be at the forefront of every school agenda and online protection plays a vital part in that. That said, it ought to be done in a manner that does not hinder a child’s learning and development. Schools need to take an intelligent approach that both enables children to learn freely and use technology at school, whilst remaining protected. Clever and contextual monitoring is the only way to let children search freely, whilst ensuring that they are protected and kept safe.
Article as previously seen on the Huffington Post UK website.
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