An interesting read is the recent OFCOM UK Children's Media Literacy report.
Here are a couple of the key findings:
- 16% of 11 year olds and 35% of 12 -15 year olds go online in their rooms.
- A fifth of 12 - 15 year oldsdon't know how search engine results are ordered.
- One third of 12-15 year oldsthink search engine results are in order of truthfullness.
- Most children don't have filtering or controls in place.
The report is a good starting point for schools engaging with families on e-safety. It's interesting that the forthcoming Home Access scheme provides default filtering as standard, but allows parents to alter the settings ... On the basis that in many cases children probably know more about computers and the Internet than their parents, it won't be long before the settings are changed. Interestingly with LA funded computers distributed through Home Access for Targetted Groups funding, filtering remains the responsibility of the LA.
It is a sobering thought that a major study into tthe influences on young peoples sex lives reveals more than 83%of 13-25 year olds have viewed pornography! A further report, Life Support: 'Young People's Needs in a Digital Age' confirms young peoples reliance on the Internet, with a reported 45% happiest when they are online and a thirdthat feel it is better to find information online than talk to a real person
The divergence between the restricted school ICT experience (e.g. no social networking etc.) is becoming more stark, as schools continue to filter and block sites that are available to children out of school.