The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) have worked together with Childnet International to create new e-Safety resources which aim to encourage deaf children and young people aged 11–16 to stay safe online. The NDCS have created lesson plans for secondary school teachers on subjects of safe social networking, cyberbullying and sexting, as well as a helpful webpage for parents/carers and an information flyer for young people.
Deaf children can sometimes miss out on informal learning, such as playground talk about internet and social media use, and may have lower literacy levels than other children their age. This means that they might need extra support and education to enable them to use the internet safely, especially as information on privacy and safety features can be difficult to understand.
Susan Daniels, Chief Executive from the National Deaf Children’s Society said:
“Deaf children and young people are particularly vulnerable to bullying both on and offline. It is really important to the National Deaf Children’s Society that they receive the right information at school, so we have created lesson plans for secondary school teachers on issues such as sexting, social networking sites and cyberbullying as well as information for parents and a downloadable tips flyer for deaf young people. We hope these tools will help deaf children and young people to stay safe and be smart online.”
The Be Safe and Smart online resources can be found hre: http://www.childnet.com/resources/be-safe-and-smart-online