Even through we exist to demonstrate the positive attributes, it is important to also acknowledge and combat the negative social impacts that technology can bring.
Through age specific educational resources, support and out-reach work, Pixelated Projects strives to expose concerning on-line and technology based social issues that can affect children, young people and adults to ensure they can go safely on-line in a positively informed manner.
Supporting parents, carers and teachers on how to stay safe on-line is a primary focus of our initiative; to ensure children and young people are informed by adults they trust concerning the dangers on-line. We endeavour to raise awareness about harmful emerging trends and empower individuals and organisations to ensure they can recognise and tackle the threat once exposed.
Pixelated Projects believes that children and young people need to informed and educated to become responsible users of the web, ensuring they do not become a victim to online social issues. By creating online and classroom based workshops to help create safe discussion concerning children’s online risks, we hope that the knowledge will empower and safeguard them in the digital world.
Our Child and Young People Internet Safety policy and resources are not just targeted for victims or potential victims, but to a wider audience, to allow an open forum where it is easier and safer for children and young people who are being victimised to speak out and report it – without feeling judged.
With so many children and young people having access to online resources, it is paramount to give them the skills and knowledge to understand their vulnerability to harm from online activity or interactions – if they allow it to.
Statistics from: Department for Education (2011) “The Protection of Children Online: a brief scoping review to identify vulnerable groups”.
Facts about Cyberbullying
• Between 8% of children in the UK have been cyberbullied
• Between 34% of young people in the UK have been cyberbullied
• 30% of a large sample of secondary school pupils in England have been deliberately targeted, threatened or humiliated by the use of mobile phones or the internet
• Exposure to cyberbullying results in significant levels of distress and stress with the highest levels reported in children aged 9-12
• Cyberbullying evokes stronger negative feelings, fear and a sense of helplessness than offline bullying and is linked to school failure, depression, anxiety and psychological problems
• The impersonal nature of online communication means that not all perpetrators intend to cause distress
Facts about Children & Young People meeting online contacts offline, sexual solicitation and grooming
• UK chat rooms are mostly used by lower socio-economic groups and older teenagers
• 69% of online sexual solicitations involve no attempt at offline contact
• Offenders rarely pretend to be teenagers or deceive victims about their sexual interest; most victims who meet offenders expect to engage in sexual activity
• Young people may be more vulnerable in early adolescence as they become more sexually curious and experimental
• Young people defined as “sensation seekers” are four times more likely to have met someone offline following online contact
• Victim typologies do not conform to any specific stereotypical assumptions of vulnerability; victims are a heterogeneous group with a range of characteristics
• Some victims of grooming would not be perceived as vulnerable offline
• Understanding the interaction between the offender, online environment and young person is essential to understanding the nature of online grooming, particularly the role of disinhibition
Facts about Pornography and other harmful content
• A US survey reported 42% young people aged 10-17 being exposed to online pornography in a one year period; 66% of this exposure was unwanted
• Rates of ‘unwanted’ exposure to pornography are higher amongst teenagers, young people who report being harassed or sexually solicited online or victimised offline, and those who are borderline or clinically depressed
• ‘Wanted’ exposure rates were higher for teenagers, those who talked online to unknown persons about sex, used the internet at friends’ homes, or appeared to have a significant level of rule breaking behaviour
• There is a lack of adequate research on the impact that unwanted or unexpected exposure to
pornography has on children and young people
• Seeing violent or hateful content was the third most common risk to young people
• Gaps in the evidence base include research on hateful or racist content, sites promoting self-harm, anorexia or suicide