The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) has launched new resources to help deaf young people stay safe on the internet, as part of Safer Internet Day today (9 February 2016).
The National Deaf Children’s Society have joined forces with Childnet International to create a raft of e-safety resources that aim at encouraging deaf children and young people aged 11–16 to stay safe online. For the first time NDCS have created lesson plans for secondary school teachers on subjects of safe social networking, cyberbullying and sexting, as well as a helpful webpage for parents and an information flyer for young people.
Deaf children can miss out on informal learning, such as playground talk about internet and social media use, and often have lower literacy levels than other children their age. This means that they might need extra help to use the internet safely, especially as information on privacy and safety features can be difficult to understand.
Susan Daniels, Chief Executive from the National Deaf Children’s Society said, “Deaf children and young people are particularly vulnerable to bullying both on and offline. It is really important to the National Deaf Children’s Society that they receive the right information at school, so we have created lesson plans for secondary school teachers on issues such as sexting, social networking sites and cyberbullying as well as information for parents and a downloadable tips flyer for deaf young people. We hope these tools will help deaf children and young people to stay safe and be smart online.”
The theme of Safer Internet Day 2016 is 'Play your part for a better internet!' and hundreds of organisations get involved and use the day to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
National Deaf Children’s Society resources available are:
- a flyer for young people, How to Stay Safe and Smart Online, which is available here or hard copies can be ordered from the helpline
- a webpage for parents with tips on what they can do to keep their child safe online
- online safety lesson plans for secondary school teachers.