Survey to track children’s safety online

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THE National Children’s Bureau NI (NCB NI) are asking parents, individuals and organisations that work with children and young people to complete a questionnaire to track how messages linked to ‘Keeping Children Safe Online’ are delivered.

Claire Dorris, Knowledge Management Officer explains why people should take several minutes to complete the survey:

She said: “NCB NI has been commissioned by The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) to map e-safety messages that are being delivered to children and young people, parents and practitioners in Northern Ireland.

“We are aiming to put together a comprehensive overview of information that exists in this area and understand how it is being made available or shared with parents and children. Once we establish the various channels that exist, we will be in a position to determine if there are gaps and how these can be filled.

“It is really important that we ensure accurate and timely information is made available in relation to this aspect. The functionality and integration that exists between different technology is constantly developing, and in order to ensure that children remain protected it is important that parents are made aware of steps that they can take to allow children to learn to use such technology without being put at risk.”

As part of the research NCB NI wants to find out about the organisations that are delivering e-safety messages in Northern Ireland. These messages could be in the form of:

1. Resources such as videos, quizzes, leaflets, factsheets, checklists, books, apps or information on a website

2. Training materials such as teaching plans, session plans, learning exercises or training workbooks

3. Training courses delivered in person or via a live video link or a recorded video

4. Public awareness messages using PR and media to deliver messages on e-safety

Claire adds: “If you are delivering e-safety messages or if you have benefited from such information, we would be grateful if you could complete the short survey.

Simply click on the link http://www.ncb.org.uk/where-we-work/northern-ireland/news/keeping-children-safe-online and complete the questionnaire before the 23 July 2013.”

The information provided will be used in a report for SBNI to produce profiles of organisations delivering e-safety messages in Northern Ireland.

For further information on NCB NI log onto www.ncb.org.uk or telephone: 02890 891730.