Understanding and Mitigating Online Risks for Children in Early Years


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Understanding and Mitigating Online Risks for Children in Early Years

This webinar will provide early years managers, leaders, teachers and practitioners with practical guidance and advice on understanding children’s technology use in the early years and how they can reduce their exposure to risks and support them to stay safe online.

Ofcom’s media use and attitudes report 2022 found that 78% of children aged between 3 and 4 now go online via their tablet; 39% use a phone and 10% use a laptop. As trusted adults, it’s important to stay up to date with how very young children are interacting with the digital world, what the risks are and how to create a culture of positive and safe device usage.

In this webinar Heather Cardwell, experienced online safety lead and acting assistant head, will explore children’s use of technology and their online habits in more depth, review government guidance and provide useful ways in which settings can embed an approach committed to keeping children safe online.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding how children in early years use technology and devices and what platforms they interact with most commonly

  • Recognising statutory guidance and best practice and understanding key responsibilities as a practitioner working in an early years setting

  • Identifying the potential risks most commonly associated with children in the early years, with a focus on those largely associated with the platforms children engage with the most

  • Understanding the obstacles and challenges faced by discussing online safety at this early age and different ways to overcome them

  • Recognising how to effectively mitigate the risks including effective engagement with parents and developing a whole-setting approach

Heather Cardwell

About The Expert

Heather Cardwell

Senior leader & practising Online Safety Lead with extensive experience of implementing successful online safety policy in schools.
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