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Safer Internet Day - Tuesday 5th February 2019

News Posted: 4th February 2019

This year, the Committee is focussing on recent reports from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) on the health impacts of screen time, and from the Save Childhood Movement, entitled ‘Technology and the future of childhood’.  The key messages from these are that: 

  • families should negotiate screen time limits with their children based upon the needs of an individual child
  • screen time replaces activities that research has shown are good for physical and mental health 
  • screen time replaces interaction between children, young people and parents
  • and from an increasingly young age children are being exposed to online judgment and cyber-bullying

Tam Baillie, Chair of Shetland Islands Child Protection Committee, says:  "Social media is a great ‘place’, full of exciting and interesting people to meet.  However, there are rules to follow to keep yourself safe.  I would expect parents to be curious about where their children go online, who they associate with and how long they spend there – as they would in the physical world.  Screen time is increasing for everyone and we need to make sure that it doesn’t interrupt the real-life social interaction and activities among adults and children which is necessary for balanced child development."

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