CIRCY associate Sara Bragg from the University of Brighton recently attended the Child Internet Safety conference in London and has written an interesting reflection on the University of Brighton education and research blog . Sara discusses a recent analysis of UK e-safety policy documents in which Andrew Hope argues that four main themes undermine critical, informed debate about child e-safety issues: how kids online are discursively constructed (e.g. without differentiating between different kinds and ages of children); the muting of young people’s voices; constructing e-safety as the responsibility of individuals; and the ‘diagnostic inflation’ of risks.
Reflecting on the extent to which Andrew Hope’s arguments were borne out at the conference and Sara highlights a need for youth informed rather than adult centered initiates for internet safety, which is something that all of us at CIRCY would support and advocate for.
Please follow the link to the blog post for the full piece