According to research from the American Academy of Pediatrics , 97% of children have used, or own a mobile device. This new digital world has facilitated the growth and development of a younger generation more digitally savvy and enabled than ever before.
They are what we call true digital natives, typically more tech savvy than those tasked with protecting them, from parents at home to teachers in school, and this is a problem; schools and the teachers within them need to be empowered to be the superheroes that can keep children safe online and technology is a vital part of achieving this.
Since 2005, time spent online by eight to 11 year olds and 12 to 15 year olds has more than doubled [Ofcom 2015]. As well as this, the study shows that a quarter of eight to 11 year olds and seven in 10 12 to 15 year olds own a smartphone. Yes these figures are startling, but are the reality of the digital world we now reside in.
The online world now forms a pillar of society, and provides a worldwide database of knowledge sharing, with people of all ages and countries benefiting from it every day. However, with great power comes great responsibility. With this opportunity for infinite access to knowledge there is also danger. This is what schools need to be aware of and help fight against.