This BBC article mentions that England’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, is set to meet with Instagram bosses as talks of new legislation bubble to keep children safe online. The article cites that a simple first step would be for parents to start with screen free dinners and screen free bedrooms alongside regular and open talks about dealing with online bullying.
Jake Moore, Cyber Security Specialist at ESET UK:
“Keeping our children safe online has never been more critical, but with so many dangers amidst the addictiveness of the internet it’s possibly going to be more difficult to tackle than we first thought.
The constant endless stroll of social feeds can be hard for people to put down but especially for children. At a time when young lives are influenced so heavily with what others are doing it can be tough to teach them but if we can bring in those rules at a little bit at a time, it can have a greater impact on the future. Just by having offline time at certain times of the day such as mealtime or before bedtime can have positive effects.
Many will remember a time when we didn’t have the internet at our fingertips and may think it’s crazy that so many young people want to be plugged in 24/7. But it’s not as easy as that to go cold turkey when young people have only ever known a world online.”