Rebecca Evans, Assembly Member for Gower, has a long track record of campaigning on internet safety, and is welcoming the announcement of a new and extensive programme to help children stay safe online. Rebecca has championed the issue in the Senedd.
Rebecca Evans said: “The Internet is a wonderful, valuable resource. It can be an enriching learning environment, helping develop knowledge, skills, ideas and global citizenship, as well as being a forum for socialising and entertainment. But there is also a darker side.”
In the Senedd, Rebecca Evans has highlighted the challenges and dangers posed to children and young people online by cyberbullying, online grooming, easy access to explicit adult material which may be extreme or violent, and the pressures of modern trends such as sexting.
Mrs Evans said: “Figures released today show that 95% of children in Wales aged 7 to 15 use the internet at home, so it has never been more important to ensure children stay safe. By educating children and those who protect and support them about the safe use of the internet – including recognising danger and the importance of privacy settings and content blocks, for example – we can make the internet a much safer place."