PLENTY of in­ter­est­ing – and wor­ry­ing – news came out of this year’s Safer In­ter­net Day (Tues­day 6 Fe­bru­ary).

First News - - Big News -

Both UNICEF and the NSPCC made head­lines for re­veal­ing some star­tling facts about the safety of young peo­ple on­line in 2018.

UNICEF drew at­ten­tion to a re­port that re­vealed that one in three of the world’s in­ter­net users is a child, but that too lit­tle is be­ing done to keep all of them safe from on­line dan­gers. UNICEF is call­ing on “gov­ern­ments, fam­i­lies and schools” to help fur­ther pro­tect young peo­ple.

Mean­while, chil­dren’s char­ity the NSPCC has been point­ing fin­gers at the UK Gov­ern­ment, say­ing that it had bro­ken a prom­ise made ten years ago. In 2008, the Gov­ern­ment sup­ported 38 pro­pos­als to make young peo­ple safer on­line. But the NSPCC says 11 of them have been ig­nored. The char­ity is now call­ing for im­me­di­ate ac­tion to pro­tect chil­dren on­line.

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