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Tablets are easy-peasy for Coleraine two-year-olds

Wayne Denner, guest speaker, pictured second from right, who gave a talk about safety in digital and social media at Coleraine High School last week. INCR51-180PL

Wayne Denner, guest speaker, pictured second from right, who gave a talk about safety in digital and social media at Coleraine High School last week. INCR51-180PL

DID you know that eighty percent of of 12-15 have a social network profile, five million under 10s have Facebook and an unbelievable 38% of two-year-olds can use a tablet?

Those are just a few of the illuminating statistics Wayne Denner, digital media expert shared with parents at a BT roadshow at Coleraine High School.

The roadshows have been held across the country to provide guidance for parents on how they can protect their children when they are online.

Despite the frightening onslaught of digital technology, Denner insists that it is something which should be emrbaced.

He says: “Technology can be wonderful thing it presents benefits but we do need to make an awareness for our children.

“I don’t think young people should be discouraged from using the web.

“But I think they should use it as a platform, especially when it comes their future and they are seeking employment.”

At Christmas many young people in the borough’s wish list included the latest smart phone, Ipad or even Xbox.

What is important, Denner stresses, is that parents understand how to keep their child safe online.

He told The Coleraine Times: “I speak to parents all the time about online safety and keeping children safer online and you know what, when it comes to technology it’s like a no go area.

“As I see it, there is a massive disconnect between what parents think their children are doing online and their actual online behaviour.”

During the Coleraine event Denner demonstrated how to help prevent children viewing inappropriate websites, unsuitable video content and how to manage how much time kids spend online.

“ I think that if we are going to allow our children to freely use the internet then we need to start understanding that the internet is a place where children go.

“As parents we also need to take the opportunity to learn more about the dangers online so we can keep them safer.”

 
 
 

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