Find out more about being safe on the internet in our guide for parents.
The guide aims to help parents limit the risk of their child having negative experiences online and understand what action can be taken if they do. The guide also suggests resources that will help children get the most out of the internet at home and in the community.
Increasingly, children and young people are learning and socialising using online resources. Many children with special educational needs are supported to use information technology in schools to allow them to access their education more successfully.
Children use the internet to do their homework, to play games and to socialise with their peers. There are real benefits to young people with learning disabilities and autism using the internet for learning and social interaction and increasingly the internet caters for their needs with accessible design and simplified language.
Increasingly the Internet caters for children and young people with learning disabilities and autism through using accessible design and simplified language, as well as instantly available video clips. For children with complex needs these can provide wonderful opportunities for learning.
The guide will present some case studies of actual experiences people with learning disabilities and autism have had online and learning points that can be taken from these experiences.
We hope the guide will help parents to feel empowered to help their child make the most of the opportunities available to them online.
Elizabeth Archer, National children and young people’s programme manager at Mencap