Childnet Helps Young People Step Up as Digital Leaders

Children’s charity Childnet aims to empower kids by teaching them how to become digital leaders and advise their peers about online safety.

The charity’s approach is to be positive about the use of technologies, rather than focussing on the negatives.

Childnet’s deputy CEO, Hannah Broadbent, said: “It’s not just about understanding negatives, but actually how to behave positively. Let’s talk about cyber bullying, but let’s talk about how to be a good friend online as well.”

As well as helping to shape policy work, the charity’s education team spends a significant amount of time speaking to children about internet safety.

Childnet sits on both Facebook and Twitter’s advisory boards and Broadbent says the charity tries to organise opportunities for them to hear directly from young people.

She added: “That youth voice has always been an important part of our work, and we try to make sure that they help shape our policy and education work.” 

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