Safeguarding Children and Young People Online Dr. Claire Meehan University of Auckland firstname.lastname@example.org
Young People’s Internet Usage • Time spent online • Online-offline blurring • Risks and harms
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
Sexting, Sexploitation and Grooming Impacts: • Individual • Family and friends • Community • Wider society
Education, information and training • United Kingdom • Australia • New Zealand
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
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
My Research 2 • Exploratory conversations with educationalists and stakeholders in New Zealand • Aims, objectives and methodology • Desired outputs Comments and suggestions welcome!