Online safety project launched

A new research project is launched today, aiming to look at how children use the internet and social media and ensuring they stay safe online.

Pupils share online safety tips with Commissioner

Keith Towler started his research at Cadoxton Primary School in Barry. Credit: Carl Edwards / ITV News Cymru Wales

The Children's Commissioner for Wales has been speaking to pupils in Barry, to find out how they use the internet, and how they stay safe online.

He's launched his research project on Safer Internet Day, which aims to promote safe use of online technology and mobile phones around the world.

Project aims to empower children online

We are all a part of a digital landscape that is changing all the time. It is vital that all children and young people feel that they can use the internet safely, that it isn't something scary and that they know how to protect themselves online.

To make sure that this happens we need to gain an insight into the ways that children engage with digital media. Gathering this information is a crucial part of protecting children and young people and empowering them to stay safe online.

– Keith Towler, Children's Commissioner for Wales

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Project launched to help children stay safe online

A Wales-wide research project aimed at finding out how children use the internet and digital media is being launched today.

Children's Commissioner for Wales Keith Towler will meet pupils in the Vale of Glamorgan as part of the project launch, which coincides with Safer Internet Day.

Cadoxton Primary School, Ashgrove School, Barry Island Primary School and Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg are currently taking part in a pilot of the Welsh Government's new digital learning platform, named 'Hwb'.

During the visit, the commissioner and members of Wales' National Council for Digital Learning will find out how pupils stay safe online and whether enough is being done to help them use the internet safely.