Grooming rates among children are on the rise

“To see the latest worrying figures from the NSPCC about online grooming will surely ring alarm bells for all parents, care givers, teachers, and education professionals alike. The internet is an integral part of living, working and studying in 2022, so it’s vital that appropriate steps are taken to limit the risks associated with digital usage among children. This means offering access to numerous resources, as well as building the core technology skills that will prepare them for the world of work, to ensure that children can enjoy these benefits without the associated dangers.”
 
“The first step to ensuring that children remain safe on the internet is through educating adults – specifically parents and teachers.  A study conducted by RM found that teachers are more confident in their understanding of online threats than they were before the pandemic, yet a fifth still lack confidence in understanding the ever evolving threats pupils face online. Although RM’s research found that 60% of parents reported having more conversations with their child about online safety than they ever had done previously, 42% have not applied any parental controls to devices that their children have access to, and look to schools to take the lead, whilst teachers believe the onus should be at least shared.”
 
“Collectively, we should not run from the challenges. Instead, we must face them head on, and we must do so by advocating for a safer internet, putting in place the relevant checks, training, and other necessary precautions.”
 
08/07/2022