- Vodafone UK starts distribution of a million copies of its new Digital Parenting Magazine to promote digital resilience
- A new e-learning game, in partnership with the Scouts, will be launched alongside it to promote e-safety for children
- New online research highlights importance of digital resilience with 62% of children saying they don’t know how to handle peer pressure online
Vodafone UK has started the distribution of a million copies of the fifth edition of its Digital Parenting Magazine, created in partnership with Parent Zone, which provides parents and those who work with young people, with the tools to help children develop digital resilience. This is in conjunction with the launch of an exciting new e-safety game, as part of its partnership with the Scouts, to support the Digital Maker and Digital Citizen badges which Vodafone sponsors.
The importance of Vodafone’s focus on digital resilience, which is ensuring young people have the skills they need to cope with a connected world, is highlighted by online research conducted by YouGov which shows that nearly two thirds (62%) of children online (8-15 years old) struggle with the knowledge of how to handle peer pressure 1.
Research also shows that although 67% of 5-7 year olds and 91% of 8-11 year olds have frequent access to the internet2, with two thirds (66%) of them believing they can avoid unsafe websites, the main challenge faced is having the emotional literacy and digital skills to cope with peer pressure, such as pranks, dares or bullying. Alarmingly, more than 60% of children stated they do not know how to cope with it, nor help a friend who was experiencing it1.
The Digital Parenting magazine is now in its fifth edition, with over 4 million copies having been distributed since the first edition in 2009. It is designed to bring together not only information on staying safe online, but tips to ensure children are also enjoying the internet and getting the most from it. Covering everything from bloggers and gaming, to social media and cyber bullying, the new guide helps parents, teachers and children navigate the digital world.
Vodafone UK, supported by the Vodafone Foundation, launched its partnership with The Scouts in January with the aim of helping young people develop improved digital skills, safety and confidence. The new interactive game, which has been launched as an app and developed by We Are Digital and Sponge UK, builds on that aim.
The game provides a fun camp setting for children to explore with four interactive ‘sections’ focusing on key e-safety skills including: sharing information; friendship online; and where to go for further help. As well as being an integral part of the new digital Scouting badges, the game will also feature in around 100 Vodafone retail stores. It’s readily available on both iOS and android for everyone to enjoy from today.
Edward Timpson, Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families, said: “While we want children and young people to be able to enjoy and benefit from new technology, it can be unsafe and leave them vulnerable. No filtering and monitoring system can be 100% effective all of the time, so education about how to stay safe online is very important.”
Vicki Shotbolt, CEO of Parent Zone commented: “Parents need a huge range of information in order to guide their children through the online world. That’s why the Digital Parenting Magazine is such a critical resource. Our research highlights that parenting is the key to building digital resilience in children, but for parents to be able to play their part they need the information Digital Parenting provides.”
Helen Lamprell, Vodafone UK Director of Corporate and External Affairs said “At Vodafone, we believe providing digital connectivity has transformed the world we live in and improved lives for the better, but there is a challenge that comes with a world where our digital and physical lives are intertwined. Today, we as parents need to help our children become digitally resilient to be able cope with both good and bad behaviour online.”
Vodafone’s commitment to digital resilience will be continued through a number of programmes including the Diana Award ‘Be Strong’ peer-to-peer modules distributed online. Putting cyberbullying at the heart of the teaching, they have been downloaded over 1400 times by schools already as key resource for teaching young people how to stay safe online.
Notes to editors:
- 1YouGov – Fieldwork was undertaken 16th – 28th September 2016. YouGov surveyed 954 respondents online aged 8-15 years old. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB children aged 8 to 15.
- 38% of children online said they knew how to manage online peer pressure (pranks, dares, bullying etc.)
- 39% said they know how to help and support other friends who are experiencing online peer pressure (pranks, dares, bullying etc.)
- 2Ofcom 2015 – Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report
- More information on the Digital Parenting Magazine can be found here: http://www.vodafone.com/content/digital-parenting.html
- 1 million free copies of the magazine will be available across the UK. A digital copy is also available for download.
- In conjunction with children’s charity The Diana Award, Vodafone created Be Strong Online, a digital skills programme that encourages Year 9 children to pass on their knowledge to young children.
- You can download the Stay Safe Online app on iOS and android: