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Our programmes give children and young people with the essential digital life skills they need to become savvy, empowered, and informed agents of their lives online.

We get students thinking about the critical, social and personal aspects of life online – be it evaluating news stories, or thinking through the consequences of posts. Our participative workshops inspire them to think critically and be curious whilst promoting consideration and respect for others.

“Children are not currently being equipped with adequate skills to negotiate their lives online”

Children’s Commissioner, Growing Up Digital (2017)

The internet has a profound effect on how children and young people seek out information, develop values, acquire social skills, and make sense of the world

Young people are going online autonomously and from an earlier age. They need more guidance to protect their privacy and reputation online.

  • Young people ‘regularly and unknowingly’ sign over rights to their private messages and pictures to social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Children’s Commissioner’s Growing Up Digital Taskforce Report (2017)
  • The majority (58%) of 12-15s that go online mistakenly believe they can ‘easily’ delete information they have posted/shared online if they don’t want people to see it. Ofcom Children and Parents Media Use & Attitudes Report (2016)
  • One in eight 12-15s on social media agree that ‘getting more followers is more important to me than keeping my information private’. Ofcom Children and Parents Media Use & Attitudes Report (2016)
  • Less than a third of parents of 5-15s have talked to their children about the risks of sending inappropriate personal pictures. Ofcom Children and Parents Media Use & Attitudes Report (2016)
  • Almost one-third of young people have ‘online regrets’ by the age of 16. AVG Digital Diaries (2014)
  • Almost one-third of 15-year olds admit to having sent a naked photo of themselves at least once. Ditch the Label (2014)

Young people are increasingly trusting of information they find online and often lack the skills to critically evaluate what they see. More…

  • The number of young people turning to Google for ‘true and accurate information about what is going on in the world’ has more than doubled in the past year, with one in three 12-15s trusting the search engine to provide factually correct information.
  • Understanding of how search engines work is poor, with young people often assuming that there is a human fact-checker behind search engine results.
  • One in four (27%) of search engine users aged 12-15 think that all information listed by Google can be trusted and a further 16% don’t consider the trustworthiness of the information.
  • The majority of 12-15s (62%) who use search engines are unable to correctly identify advertising on Google despite their being distinguished by an orange box with the word ‘Ad’ in it.
  • Around half of 12-15s don’t know that Google and YouTube are funded by advertisers. 45% aren’t aware of paid endorsements by vloggers and 43% aren’t aware of personalised advertising.

Ofcom Children and Parents Media Use & Attitudes Report (2016)

The internet can be a source of pressure, anxiety and distress for young people. More…

  • The number of children counselled by Childline about online bullying has doubled over the last 5 years.
    NSPCC, Rise in Childline counselling sessions for cyberbullying (2016)
  • One third of 11-16 year olds report having been targeted, threatened, or humiliated online.
    Young Minds, Resilience for the Digital World (2016)
  • Over one quarter (28%) of social media users aged 11-16 have had one or more ‘distressing encounters’. One in ten report having to deal with potentially stressful interactions on a daily basis.
    NSPCC, The Experiences of 11-16 Year Olds on Social Networking Sites (2014)
  • Numerous studies link cyberbullying with depression, stress, anxiety and psychological problems.
    Munro, E.R.,The Protection of Vulnerable Children Online (2011)
  • Distress caused by online abuse can be greater than traditional forms of bullying.
    Journal of School Health, Extending the schools grounds? Bullying Experiences in Cyberspace (2008)
  • Many children and young people acknowledge the heightened anxiety arising from the ‘need to be constantly reachable’.
    Young Minds, Resilience for the Digital World (2016)
  • One in five children report having seen something on smartphones that had upset them.
    BBC, Learning Poll (2014)
  • Over a third of 12-15s having seen hateful content directed at a particular group of people in the last year.
    Ofcom Media Use & Attitudes Report (2016)

For a proportion of young people, overuse of digital technology has become problematic.

  • Two-thirds of 9-16s agreed that their internet use displaced time that should be spent with family, friends or doing schoolwork.
    LSE, EU Kids Online/Net Children Go Mobile (2014)
  • 41% of parents of 12-15s say they find it hard to control their child’s screen time and one-quarter of parents rank control of their children’s screen time their biggest challenge.
    Action for Children, Unplugging from Technology (2016)
  • Almost one in three parents of 5-15 year olds agree that they find it hard to control their child’s screen time.
    Ofcom Children and Parents Media Use & Attitudes Report (2016)
  • One in five 11-16 year olds worry they spend too much time on social media.
    NSPCC The Experiences of 11-16 Year Olds on Social Networking Sites (2014)
  • One quarter of 9-16 year olds report skipping meals or sleep because of the internet.
    LSE, EU Kids Online/Net Children Go Mobile (2014)
  • One in three children owning a smartphone feel that they need to ‘always be always available for contact’.
    LSE, EU Kids Online/Net Children Go Mobile (2014)
  • Time away from screen media, with increased social interaction has been shown to improve understanding of nonverbal emotional cues.
    Computers in Human Behaviour, Education camp without screens improves skills with non-verbal emotion cues (2014)
  • Nearly half of 11-16 year olds say it is easier to be themselves on the internet than with people face-to-face.
    LSE, EU Kids Online/Net Children Go Mobile (2014)
  • Many young people are aware the potentially ‘addictive’ quality of social media, reporting, that they often ‘only fall asleep at night when the last person stops pinging’.
    Munch, Poke, Ping! Vulnerable Young People, Social Media and E-Safety (2011)

Helping children and young people make good decisions online

Who we work with

We deliver tailored programmes to primary and secondary schools, local authorise, parent groups and youth support services.

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Primary schools

We deliver interactive, thought-provoking workshops to Key Stage 2 pupils focussing on screen time, social skills, well-being and critical thinking.

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Secondary schools

We deliver lively, participative workshops that help secondary school students to think critically and consequentially  about their online lives.

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