Earlier this week, the education secretary laid out plans for guidance to help guard children against online harms including catfishing, targeted advertising and fake news. The guidance is designed to help students understand the motivations of people online and protect themselves.
Ed Macnair, CEO at Censornet:
“It is beyond time that online safety was made a priority throughout education. As with every aspect of life, childhood has been altered by the digital age. This has brought a lot of good, not the least in education, but it also brings a great many new risks. Catfishing, fake news, cyber attacks, social media abuse, targeted advertising, data misuse – these are issues that earlier generations never had to deal with but that the government and schools cannot neglect to educate students on. Our work in the cyber security industry shows us that, even in the most sophisticated of organisations, adults’ understanding of these challenges and ability to be safe online remains poor, decades after the internet and smart phones. We have to act now to ensure the next generation is better prepared.”
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