Digital service to protect vulnerable children from online abuse launches

A new digital service has launched to support vulnerable children and young people most at risk of online harm. he Inclusive Digital Safety, created jointly by Internet Matters and online safety charity SWGFL, provides resources on online harms for parents, carers and education professionals supporting the UK’s most vulnerable children. The hub contains content designed for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), those currently or previously in care, and children in minority groups as well as young people who identify as LGBTQ+.The launch, supported by safeguarding minister Victoria Atkins MP, follows a spike in demand for support from both Internet Matters and SWGfL during the Covid-19 pandemic. Parents of vulnerable young people told Internet Matters that their child’s time online had increased by 20 per cent during lockdown.

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