Technology is an everyday necessity for many and a growing number of young people are relying on their phones and the internet each day.

But whose job is it to educate and protect young people from the risk that awaits when browsing the web?

Educating young people about online safety and protecting them from cyber bullying and grooming is vital with growing concerns of the risks of the internet.

Schools are at the centre of a debate as to whether they are doing enough when it comes to your child's safety when using the internet.

Many believe better knowledge and understanding of e-safety for young children should start in schools.

However, many teachers don't feel confident in teaching online safety, despite 73% having concerns of online risks such as sexting, grooming and cyber bullying are on the rise.

Overwhelmingly, 70% of secondary school teachers revealed they had encountered cyber bullying or trolling among pupils they've taught, according to a Point2Point survey.

Teachers have admitted to being in the 'dark' when it comes to what pupils are doing on their smartphones in school. 43% of teachers surveyed said they don't understand the digital content and apps that pupils are accessing on their personal devices whilst in school.

Point2Protect have launched a new e-safety service for schools with support from the UK Safer Internet Centre, to help schools manage these online threats. The service is more advanced than typical "stop and block" e-safety tools. For the first time schools can understand how pupils are using the internet on all the devices they carry.

Child Internet Safety Expert, Professor Andy Phippen, said: "This research suggests that schools may not be doing enough to protect pupils from the dangers of the digital world. Further training, technology and resources are needed to support teachers as more and more students carry powerful tablets and smartphones into school.

"Equally, it is important that we teach pupils about the safe use of the internet, rather than simply banning technology in schools, which, while perhaps seeming like an easy option, is actually preventing the fantastic opportunities mobile tech provides for both formal and informal learning."

Ian Skeels, Director of Point2Protect, explained: "For too long there's been confusion between government, schools, and parents over whose responsibility it is to protect young people from harmful online content, both within the classroom and beyond. Our service provides the transparent oversight schools need to identify potential issues and start a positive, open dialogue between teachers and pupils about appropriate online behaviour."


by for www.femalefirst.co.uk