Young People and Privacy
Ofcom today published research showing 54 per cent of 11-16 year olds in the UK say young people need advice about how to keep their personal information online private.
Many children and young people also believe that information is needed on how to keep security information such as password and PIN numbers safe (28 per cent), how to avoid inappropriate content online (22 per cent) and how to deal with cyberbullying (20 per cent).
Nearly a quarter of children and young people stated that they wouldn’t know what they would do if they encountered âinappropriate material’ on their mobile phone (25 per cent) or games console (22 per cent).
The majority of 7-16 year olds say they have received some information about staying safe online (74 per cent). But 23 per cent say no-one has talked to them about online safety
The full summary of the research can be found here
New Parental Guidence
Ofcom has also published two new guides for parents and carers on how to use parental controls on mobile phones, games consoles and portable media players and, if they need to, how to report inappropriate content.
The guide for parents and carers on parental access controls on mobile phones can be found here
The guide for parents and carers on parental access controls on games consoles and portable media players can be found here
Ofcom previously produced a guide about managing media for children and young people (Digital TV etc) which can be found here