A campaign has been launched to help equip parents, carers and teachers in York with the tools they need to support children’s online safety.
Research reveals that 54% of 3-4 year olds have their own online device and 62% of 11 year olds have a Facebook account.
That’s a huge number of young people who need the skills to manage their digital lives and navigate the online world safely.
The new campaign, a collaboration between TalkTalk Ultra Fibre Optic, #CodeYork and Internet Matters, will provide a leaflet to parents, carers and teachers across York containing guidance and advice for young people when accessing the internet.
It offers age-specific information from Internet Matters for children from toddlers to teenagers.
Distributed this week through schools, libraries and community centres across the city, the leaflet is also available on TalkTalk UFO’s community hub.
Supporting local communities
Internet Matters helps to educate millions of parents across the UK about digital safety. The not-for-profit organisation launched in 2014 and is jointly founded by TalkTalk, BT, Sky, Virgin Media and other industry partners.
It provides advice and information on tackling online safety issues including a series of videos and online guides.
Bronagh McCloskey, head of corporate social responsibility for TalkTalk, said:
Through this activity we’re aiming to provide parents, carers and teachers across York with the tools they need to help keep children safe online, while they enjoy the opportunities that the internet offers.
It’s been a pleasure to support the local communities of York as we continue to connect the city to full fibre broadband from TalkTalk UFO.
City council executive member for children, young people and education Cllr Ian Cuthbertson said: “The internet is an important part of our children’s lives and it is essential for us to help them understand and protect themselves from some of its dangers, so they can enjoy the benefits of the online world more safely.”
TalkTalk UFO’s full fibre connection is available to residents in Dringhouses, Woodthorpe, Foxwood, Chapelfields, Poppleton, Huntington, New Earswick, Rawcliffe, Clifton, The Groves, Acomb, Holgate, Heworth, Badger Hill and Tadcaster Road.