Major London pupil e-safety survey (7-15 year olds)

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The focus of the survey was to look at the wide and common online activities of London’s young people (and c15,000 completed the survey). As found in previous London Grid for Learning (LGfL) surveys, children and young people use technology to have fun, study and communicate with others. Most children and young people have positive experiences online. On the whole they are sensible online and do not put themselves ‘at risk’. However, there remain a number of areas where schools can support young people – and their families – in increasing their online safety.

The report was written by the National Foundation for Education Research (NFER) and 3BM’s Curriculum Manager supported. Key findings include: one in five children experience cyber bullying. Over half of young people report using social networks, and of these many are under the designated age of the sites they are using and often they are using them alone. A small number of pupils have high risk behaviours online, and there are still some children who meet ‘strangers’ alone. Although most young people know that they should not believe everything that they see online, only half say they do not believe what they read or see on social media and 60 per cent do or might believe if sent from a friend. Password and privacy practice is often weak. Over a third of pupils want more access to computers in school.

The report provides a number of recommendations for schools. Further details from: www.pupilsurvey.lgfl.net

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