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Safeguarding Children and Young People Online

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  1. Safeguarding Children and Young People Online Dr. Claire Meehan University of Auckland c.meehan@auckland.ac.nz

  2. Young People’s Internet Usage • Time spent online • Online-offline blurring • Risks and harms

  3. My Research 1: Drug Harms • Abundance of unregulated information • Polarisation of information • Addition of online peers • Blurring of online-offline persona • Drug user as drug educator • Increased risk of harm

  4. Sexting, Sexploitation and Grooming Impacts: • Individual • Family and friends • Community • Wider society

  5. Education, information and training • United Kingdom • Australia • New Zealand

  6. Roastbusters in he New Zealand Media

  7. Impact of this attention • The need to educate young people • Shines a light on cyberbullying • Can be too narrow – does not focus on drug/ alcohol harms or sexual harms • More money for research: new projects and evaluations of existing programmes

  8. Prevention and Education • Information technology now forms an integral part of the education system in many countries • We should not try to censor the Internet • Raising awareness for young people • Raising awareness for parents and teachers • Secure online environments • A collaborative approach

  9. My Research 2 • Exploratory conversations with educationalists and stakeholders in New Zealand • Aims, objectives and methodology • Desired outputs Comments and suggestions welcome!

  10. Thank you!