The internet is a game-changer for all children and young people (CYP). With information at their fingertips, it allows them to broaden their ideas, discover new passions, and expand their knowledge
Young people’s (YP) offline vulnerabilities can be used as a predictor for their online vulnerabilities. YP in this group are vulnerable to all high-risk online scenarios
How online browsing can be different for CYP with SEND – and the benefits, risks, and challenges they face.
As websites become more accessible to cater for different disabilities, this can empower CYP by helping them build confidence and self-esteem. It can also:
Any child, from any background can be at risk of the following risks online. But some are more vulnerable than others:
Research has also shown that parents of CYP with SEND also have a greater fear of extremist recruitment than parents of non-SEND CYP which may suggest anxiety about their children’s isolation and gullibility.
While there is this fear that CYP may be more at risk because of their vulnerability, parents agree that the benefits outweigh the risks when it comes to what the online world can offer those with SEND.
Here are a few things to think about to support CYP:
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