Children: Internet

House of Lords written question – answered on 9th December 2014.

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Photo of Lord Storey Lord Storey Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that children are taught the skills to use and to critique digital technologies in order to use the internet safely and knowledgeably.

Photo of Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

It is essential that we have a generation of pupils who have the knowledge and skills they need to become active creators of digital technology, not just passive consumers. This is why the Government introduced the new computing curriculum, which has been taught in schools since September 2014. It provides a core of computer science knowledge as well as ensuring that children understand how computer networks such as the internet operate.

From key stage 1, children must also be taught how to use technology safely and respectfully, how to keep personal information private, and where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies. Pupils in secondary schools will be taught a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy. They will learn how to recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns. All schools, including primary schools, are encouraged to teach children about the dangers of social media in an age-appropriate way.

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