AM highlights dangers of the internet to children and young people

Vale of Clwyd AM, Ann Jones, has lent her support to Safer Internet Day to raise awareness of the potential dangers that children and young people face online.

Ms Jones, who serves as the Chair of the National Assembly’s Children, Young People and Education Committee said: “The internet is a fantastic resource for so many reasons and our children have so much to gain from it. However, it is important that they learn to use it safely.

“Parents need to ensure that they know what their children are posting online, especially what sort of pictures they are posting on social networking sites. We hear far too often about how cyber-bullying can devastate the lives of young people.

“Internet ‘trolls’ pray on the vulnerability and insecurities of children and seemingly harmless internet conversations often can spiral out of control. Nobody has to go through online bullying alone and often the first step in stopping it is to tell someone about it.

“I am pleased to support Safer Internet Day and support all efforts to stamp out bullying”.

4,507 young people contacted ChildLine in 2012/13 for support and advice on how to deal with being bullied online – an 87% increase on the year before.

More than One in Four 11-16 year olds with a social networking profile have experienced something upsetting on a social networking site. 58% of children and young people did not know the person who upset them.