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What do 17,000 children in London tell us about online safety?

Rob Ellis

What do 17,000 children in London tell us about online safety?

The LGfL eSafety Results

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The London Grid for Learning (LGfL) has published the results of the London eSafety survey. Although undertaken last year, the results of over 17,000 children took considerable time to analyse and we are grateful to the Open University both for advice and support.



Author: Christian Smith

Publication Date: 2014 


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Overwhelmingly, most children are having fun online and they experience little of concern and do not put themselves at risk.

Esafety Education is having impact, but mainly on KS2.

LGfL has published the presentation and research paper given at BETT 2014 by Christian Smith and Helen Warner atwww.scribd.com/collections/4445219/LGFL-Esafety-Survey-Reports and www.lgfl.net/esafety/Pages/E-safety-Survey.aspx

You can contact Christian at Christian.Smith@strictlyeducation.co.uk and Helen Warner at Helen.Warner@3bm.co.uk

Key conclusions are:

  • Y5-6 is a watershed period.
  • Home is where young people have most access and face risks, only
    likely to increase with widening mobile access.
  • Schools’ access is important, and pupils want more.
  • Online bullying is a significant issue for those affected.
  • Gender stereotypes are strong online.
  • Significant numbers of boys are playing age inappropriate games.
  • High risk behaviours displayed by @3%.
  • Boys are as much at risk as girls.
  • Parents’ knowledge is very important.

Key messages for schools:

  • Embed an eSafety programme throughout all years and ensure pupils know how to report concerns or issues.
  • Model good behaviour.
  • Tackle gender issues; caring and relationships within curriculum (e.g. PHSE).
  • Use of 18certificate games by KS2 pupils is still an unchallenged issue.
  • Access – consider use of after school “computing clubs?.
  • Keep parents advised with eSafety advice throughout the year.
  • Never over react or ignore reports – make sure you have staff

Key messages for parents:

  • Talk with your child about what they do online.
  • With younger pupils – keep the computer in a shared area.
  • Monitor the games and videos your child plays to ensure age
    appropriate or that the messages in them are sound.
  • Do not assume that risks are less because children are younger.
  • Enable parental controls and consider younger and most vulnerable
    users on shared devices where possible.
  • Never over react or ignore reports and seek help from school staff or
    online parental support.

The full report and presentations can be downloaded from www.scribd.com/collections/4445219/LGFL-Esafety-Survey-Reports orhttp://safety.lgfl.net

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